Disabled Workers

Table 26.
Number of applications and awards, 1960–2000
Year

Number of applications
(thousands)

Number of awards
(thousands)

Awards as a percentage
of applications

Awards per 1,000
insured workers

1960
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969

418.6
529.3
544.5
573.2
719.8
725.2

207.8
253.5
278.3
301.4
323.2
344.7

49.6
47.9
51.1
52.6
44.9
47.5

4.5
4.7
5.1
5.4
5.7
4.9

1970
1971
1972
1973
1974

869.8
923.9
947.5
1,067.5
1,330.2

350.4
415.9
455.4
491.6
536.0

40.3
45.0
48.1
46.1
40.3

4.8
5.6
6.0
6.3
6.7

1975
1976
1977
1978
1979

1,285.3
1,232.2
1,235.2
1,184.7
1,187.8

592.0
551.5
568.9
464.4
416.7

46.1
44.8
46.1
39.2
35.1

7.1
6.5
6.5
5.2
4.4

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984

1,262.3
1,161.2
1,019.8
1,019.3
1,036.7

396.6
351.8
297.1
311.5
362.0

31.4
30.3
29.1
30.6
34.9

4.0
3.4
2.9
3.0
3.4

1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

1,066.2
1,118.4
1,108.9
1,017.9
984.9

377.4
416.9
415.8
409.5
425.6

35.4
37.3
37.5
40.2
43.2

3.5
3.8
3.7
3.6
3.7

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

1,067.7
1,208.7
1,335.1
1,425.8
1,443.8

468.0
536.4
636.6
635.2
631.9

43.8
44.4
47.7
44.6
43.8

4.0
4.5
5.2
5.2
5.1

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

1,338.1
1,279.2
1,180.2
1,169.3
1,200.1

645.8
624.3
587.4
608.1
620.5

48.3
48.8
49.8
52.0
51.7

5.1
4.9
4.5
4.6
4.6

2000

1,330.6

621.7

46.7

4.6

SOURCE: Office of the Chief Actuary, 1-A Table Supplement file.
CONTACT: Jeff Kunkel (410) 965-3013 for further information.

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Table 27.
Allowance rates, fiscal years 1980–2000
Fiscal year

Initial level

Reconsideration level

Hearing levela

1980
1985

33
36

15
14

56
51

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

39
42
43
39
34

17
17
17
14
13

63
66
68
67
67

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

31
31
32
35
37

13
13
15
15
16

65
59
56
53
55

2000

38

16

57

SOURCES: Office of Disability, State Agency Operating Report (initial and reconsideration levels); Office of Hearings and Appeals, Case Control
System (hearing level).
a.

Includes cases reaching the hearing level, including those involving Social Security retirement and SSI aged issues, but not Medicare. The vast
majority involve disability issues.

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All Social Security Disabled Beneficiaries
Table 28.
Percentage distribution of state agency allowances at the initial level, by administrative grouping,
fiscal years 1965–2000
Fiscal year

Meets listing

Equals listing

Vocational considerations

1965
1970

52.0
39.0

32.0
43.0

16.0
18.0

1975
1976
1977
1978
1979

29.4
29.0
34.2
45.6
55.1

43.9
45.1
41.9
31.9
22.7

26.7
25.9
23.9
22.5
22.1

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984

57.9
63.9
72.7
74.0
66.7

16.2
12.3
8.6
8.3
8.7

25.9
23.8
18.7
17.7
24.6

1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

62.7
68.2
66.0
54.3
62.1

9.2
8.7
10.2
11.0
11.3

28.1
23.1
23.8
24.7
26.6

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

59.0
55.9
50.9
51.2
54.8

11.8
12.4
15.2
15.0
10.6

29.2
31.7
33.9
33.8
34.5

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

54.5
53.4
53.2
51.7
51.5

10.0
9.7
9.9
9.2
8.9

35.5
36.8
36.8
39.0
39.6

2000

49.0

9.1

41.9

SOURCE: Office of Disability, SSA-831 Disability Decision file.
NOTE: Initial state agency determinations for Social Security disability only and concurrent claims. Does not include SSI only claims. Percentages
do not reflect effects of dispositions at the reconsideration, hearing, or higher levels of appeal.
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Table 29.
Percentage distribution of state agency denials at the initial level, by reason, fiscal years 1975-2000
Duration

Impairment not
severe

Able to perform
usual work

Able to perform
other work

Engaging in SGA

Claimant failure
or othera

1975
1976
1977
1978
1979

19.6
19.9
21.2
21.1
20.0

8.4
10.8
24.8
31.8
41.6

44.3
41.9
30.0
25.0
21.5

18.2
20.1
15.7
14.6
12.5

1.0
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.4

8.5
6.9
7.8
7.0
4.0

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984

20.6
17.5
16.4
16.9
14.8

39.0
43.2
38.9
39.4
34.3

23.7
18.7
22.6
22.0
23.8

12.7
11.3
14.1
14.3
16.7

n.a.
2.0
1.1
1.0
1.0

3.9
7.4
6.4
6.4
9.4

1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

15.4
14.2
15.8
15.9
15.7

23.3
20.1
18.3
20.3
20.7

35.4
38.4
38.2
34.2
32.7

20.3
20.5
21.7
22.8
24.9

1.1
0.2
1.0
0.9
0.4

4.5
6.6
5.0
5.9
5.7

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

15.1
13.8
12.0
11.7
11.7

21.4
20.5
19.5
19.8
19.2

31.0
30.8
30.6
30.2
29.5

26.3
28.6
31.5
31.6
32.3

0.4
0.3
n.a
n.a
n.a

5.9
6.0
6.4
6.7
7.2

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

11.8
10.9
10.6
11.0
10.7

18.7
17.1
16.0
14.8
14.4

29.5
29.3
28.7
30.4
31.3

32.5
36.2
36.6
36.2
35.7

n.a
n.a
n.a
n.a
0.1

7.5
6.5
8.1
7.6
7.9

2000

10.6

13.6

32.1

35.3

0.2

8.2

Fiscal year

SOURCE: Office of Disability, SSA-831 Disability Decision file.
NOTES: Initial state agency determinations for Social Security disability only and concurrent claims. Does not include SSI only claims. Percentages
do not reflect effects of dispositions at the reconsideration, hearing or higher levels of appeal.
SGA = substantial gainful activity.
n.a. = not available.
a.

Includes denials for failure to attend a scheduled consultative examination, failure to cooperate in submitting evidence, and failure to follow
prescribed treatment.

CONTACT: Susan M. David (410) 965-0091 for further information.

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