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

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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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