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Trends and Other Considerations

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The Social Security Administration groups SSDI beneficiaries into three classifications: Workers, Adult Children, and Widow(er)s and Parents. When comparing the number of beneficiaries in 2014 to the number in 2017, Adult Children experienced the largest percentage change of the three classifications, reducing in count by 3.4 percent over those three years. However, when comparing the value of the payments made to each classification, Workers with disabilities experienced the largest increase, at 2.7 percent. In total, the number of beneficiaries in Ohio has reduced by 3.1 percent to 695,594 beneficiaries, while the value of payments received increased by 0.7 percent to approximately $728.2 million in 2017. (Social Security Administration, 2017)

Labor Force Participation. In 2016, the U.S. unemployment rate for working age (16 to 64) individuals with disabilities was 11.5 percent, a decrease of 2.4 percentage points from 2014. The U.S. labor force participation rate in 2016 for the same population was 31.2 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from 2014. Both trends reflect positive changes for working age individuals with disabilities. More individuals with disabilities are working (as a percentage of the population) and more individuals with disabilities are actively seeking work. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016)

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