Blind and Disabled Recipients

Table 1.
Number and percentage who work, selected months, 1976–2006
Recipients who work

All blind
and disabled
recipients a

Total

Receiving SSI b

Section 1619(b)
participants

2,088,242
2,186,771
2,249,025
2,277,859

70,719
83,697
87,697
92,270

70,719
83,697
87,697
92,270

...
...
...
...

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984

2,334,241
2,340,785
2,314,364
2,391,262
2,499,046

99,276
102,632
107,803
113,899
--

99,276
102,632
102,288
108,734
--

...
...
5,515
5,165
--

1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

2,633,552
2,795,756
2,945,244
3,046,074
3,172,270

--172,855
189,144
205,837

--157,223
173,519
187,583

--15,632
15,625
18,254

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

3,386,603
3,681,050
4,126,816
4,544,777
4,870,564

219,932
229,619
248,917
265,649
282,476

196,415
202,355
217,268
230,350
241,793

23,517
27,264
31,649
35,299
40,683

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

5,115,014
5,252,991
5,189,724
5,293,829
5,317,861

298,635
308,300
319,855
326,475
340,618

251,633
256,395
262,766
266,933
271,353

47,002
51,905
57,089
59,542
69,265

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004

5,395,935
5,500,481
5,618,506
5,740,683
5,850,359

360,427
346,110
340,910
323,682
328,204

276,855
269,655
258,733
252,585
254,523

83,572
76,455
82,177
71,097
73,681

2005
2006

5,977,788
6,113,277

336,570
349,420

258,365
260,070

78,205
89,350

5,796,837
5,834,265
5,869,004
5,850,359

321,030
323,624
328,831
328,204

251,498
250,726
253,174
254,523

69,532
72,898
75,657
73,681

Month
December
1976
1977
1978
1979

2004
March
June
September
December

2005
March
June
September
December

5,919,765
5,946,966
5,966,290
5,977,788

325,357
333,089
337,325
336,570

251,110
253,721
257,191
258,365

74,247
79,368
80,134
78,205

2006
March
June
September
December

6,014,109
6,045,960
6,098,112
6,113,277

336,446
341,450
346,309
349,420

257,536
258,360
259,093
260,070

78,910
83,090
87,216
89,350

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record (Characteristic Extract Record format), 100 percent data.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable; -- = not available.
a. Includes section 1619(b) participants.
b. Includes section 1619(a) participants and SSI recipients earning less than the substantial gainful activity level ($900 effective
January 2007).
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.workers@ssa.gov.

File available from:
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Blind and Disabled Recipients

o work
Total as a
percentage
of all blind
and disabled
recipients
3.4
3.8
3.9
4.1
4.3
4.4
4.7
4.8
---5.9
6.2
6.5
6.5
6.2
6.0
5.8
5.8
5.8
5.9
6.2
6.2
6.4
6.7
6.3
6.1
5.6
5.6
5.6
5.7
5.5
5.5
5.6
5.6

5.5
5.6
5.7
5.6
5.6
5.6
5.7
5.7
Record format), 100 percent data.

nful activity level ($900 effective

Blind and Disabled Recipients
Table 2.
Number and percentage who work, by state or other area, December 2006
Recipients who work
All blind and
disabled recipients

Number

6,113,277

349,420

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California

149,300
9,439
87,205
84,700
876,326

4,268
621
4,263
3,858
46,849

Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida

49,120
47,747
13,041
20,021
331,835

4,102
3,941
969
795
13,435

Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana

180,879
16,810
21,841
234,207
96,891

7,213
926
2,007
14,242
5,911

Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine

41,920
37,313
169,732
142,044
30,857

6,985
4,282
4,843
5,428
2,193

Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi

82,612
132,997
211,639
68,020
110,460

6,277
9,812
13,664
10,430
3,164

Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire

112,676
14,577
21,214
26,206
14,003

7,635
1,904
3,133
1,814
1,313

New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

122,884
47,370
513,648
180,285
7,438

7,869
2,316
31,382
8,353
1,396

Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

242,316
75,688
55,410
301,386
27,265

17,170
4,242
4,227
16,180
1,641

State or area
All areas

South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah

94,643
11,626
147,892
419,516
21,902

4,859
2,114
5,352
15,027
2,517

Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

12,753
120,819
106,134
74,621
87,723
5,658

1,255
7,198
6,415
2,254
10,488
875

666

13

Outlying area
Northern Mariana Islands

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record (Characteristic Extract Record format), 100 percent data.
NOTE: Includes section 1619(b) participants.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.workers@ssa.gov.

File available from:
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Blind and Disabled Recipients

ber 2006
Recipients who work
Percentage of all blind
and disabled recipients
5.7
2.9
6.6
4.9
4.6
5.3
8.4
8.3
7.4
4.0
4.0
4.0
5.5
9.2
6.1
6.1
16.7
11.5
2.9
3.8
7.1
7.6
7.4
6.5
15.3
2.9
6.8
13.1
14.8
6.9
9.4
6.4
4.9
6.1
4.6
18.8
7.1
5.6
7.6
5.4
6.0

c Extract Record format), 100 percent data.

5.1
18.2
3.6
3.6
11.5
9.8
6.0
6.0
3.0
12.0
15.5
2.0

Blind and Disabled Recipients
Table 3.
Percentage distribution of recipients and those who work aged 18–64, by diagnostic group,
December 2006
Diagnostic group

All blind and
disabled recipients

Total
Number
Percent
Congenital anomalies
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases
Infectious and parasitic diseases
Injuries
Mental disorders
Retardation
Schizophrenia
Other
Neoplasms
Diseases of the—
Blood and blood-forming organs
Circulatory system
Digestive system
Genitourinary system
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
Nervous system and sense organs b
Respiratory system
Skin and subcutaneous tissue
Other
Unknown

4,152,130
100.0
0.7
3.4
1.6
2.6
21.6
9.7
26.8
1.2
0.4
4.4
0.9
1.0
10.3
7.8
2.0
0.2
0.2
5.2

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record (Characteristic Extract Record format), 100 percent data.
a. Includes section 1619(b) participants.
b. Most disabled recipients classified as blind are included in this category. A few blind recipients with a primary impairment other than
diseases of the eye are coded in other categories. Also, a few recipients are classified with diseases of the eye, but their impairment
does not meet the definition of blindness.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.workers@ssa.gov.

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Blind and Disabled Recipients

ed 18–64, by diagnostic group,

Recipients who work a
333,701
100.0
1.5
1.2
0.9
1.4
40.5
7.0
18.9
0.7
0.4
1.3
0.4
0.6
3.6
9.0
0.7
0.1
0.3
11.3

eristic Extract Record format), 100 percent data.

blind recipients with a primary impairment other than
assified with diseases of the eye, but their impairment

Blind and Disabled Recipients
Table 4.
Number and percentage of recipients, those who work, and section 1619(b) participants aged 18–64,
by age, December 2006
Recipients who work

Number

Percent

Number

Percentage
of all blind
and disabled
recipients

4,238,519

100.0

333,701

7.9

86,389

304,948
539,439
671,409
1,056,432
1,167,963
498,328

7.2
12.7
15.8
24.9
27.6
11.8

33,863
85,238
76,904
73,613
49,920
14,163

11.1
15.8
11.5
7.0
4.3
2.8

3,784
22,558
23,155
21,331
12,265
3,296

All blind and
disabled recipients a
Age
Total
18–21
22–29
30–39
40–49
50–59
60–64

Section 1619(b) participants

Number

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record (Characteristic Extract Record format), 100 percent data.
a. Includes section 1619(b) participants.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.workers@ssa.gov.

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ind and Disabled Recipients

b) participants aged 18–64,
Section 1619(b) participants
Percentage
of all blind
and disabled
recipients

ecord format), 100 percent data.

2.0
1.2
4.2
3.4
2.0
1.1
0.7

Blind and Disabled Recipients
Table 5.
Number in December 2005, by program status and earnings in December 2006
Not receiving payments
in December 2006
Ineligible because of earned income
Reasons no longer eligible
Receiving payments
in December 2006
Program status
in December 2005
All blind and
disabled
recipients
Receiving payments
Section 1619(a)
Have earnings
No earnings
Not receiving payments
Section 1619(b)

Total

Section
Have
1619(a) earnings

No
earnings

Do not
Can
need
pay for
Section
or use equivalent
1619(b) Medicaid coverage

Both

Other
excess
income

Other
nonpay

5,931,220

16,537

228,838 5,169,888

84,226

355

92

159

120,918

310,207

17,694
241,863
5,593,327

6,658
2,835
5,454

2,460
3,921
179,421
32,759
43,099 5,122,983

2,773
9,077
20,937

33
50
113

2
7
20

12
11
34

734
6,622
107,178

1,101
11,081
293,509

78,336

1,590

51,439

159

63

102

6,384

4,516

3,858

10,225

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record (Characteristic Extract Record format), 100 percent data.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.workers@ssa.gov.

File available from:
U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy
SSI Disabled Recipients Who Work, 2006
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_workers/2006/