Applications for disability benefits and number awarded
The table below shows the monthly number of workers who file applications for disability benefits at Social Security Field Offices, including applications from workers who are not insured for disability benefits. The table also shows the number of such receipts that are forwarded to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) for an evaluation of whether the claimant’s impairments meet the appropriate definition of disability as set forth in the Social Security Act and relevant regulations. The last column in the table shows the monthly number of awards (unedited prior to January 2014).

Applications and awards
Month Number of applications Awards
Field office receipts Initial DDS receipts
January 1989 65,395 N/A 34,916
February 1989 71,009 N/A 32,470
March 1989 100,567 N/A 35,350
April 1989 80,562 N/A 34,667
May 1989 81,466 N/A 34,950
June 1989 97,221 N/A 37,715
July 1989 75,499 N/A 37,046
August 1989 81,561 N/A 32,923
September 1989 99,601 N/A 40,341
October 1989 76,660 N/A 35,555
November 1989 70,794 N/A 47,202
December 1989 84,573 N/A 22,447
January 1990 72,769 N/A 36,697
February 1990 83,907 N/A 35,255
March 1990 109,301 N/A 49,113
April 1990 84,124 N/A 27,568
May 1990 86,356 N/A 41,195
June 1990 102,532 N/A 43,530
July 1990 79,617 N/A 40,541
August 1990 108,413 N/A 38,161
September 1990 84,994 N/A 42,608
October 1990 82,555 N/A 38,812
November 1990 100,346 N/A 52,136
December 1990 72,834 N/A 22,361
January 1991 76,584 N/A 39,467
February 1991 90,094 N/A 37,839
March 1991 120,832 N/A 46,890
April 1991 95,916 N/A 46,769
May 1991 112,328 N/A 44,420
June 1991 101,398 N/A 46,354
July 1991 91,322 N/A 46,328
August 1991 124,233 N/A 43,708
September 1991 97,537 N/A 49,848
October 1991 98,216 N/A 44,873
November 1991 115,605 N/A 60,027
December 1991 84,604 N/A 29,911
January 1992 113,578 N/A 47,727
February 1992 102,655 N/A 49,071
March 1992 108,021 N/A 56,022
April 1992 104,830 N/A 55,696
May 1992 125,909 N/A 58,263
June 1992 105,579 N/A 58,112
July 1992 127,241 N/A 58,085
August 1992 106,754 N/A 56,171
September 1992 106,284 N/A 50,264
October 1992 133,107 N/A 55,480
November 1992 96,935 N/A 59,822
December 1992 104,246 N/A 31,924
January 1993 120,704 N/A 51,488
February 1993 108,606 N/A 45,879
March 1993 114,747 N/A 56,021
April 1993 143,156 N/A 56,302
May 1993 116,017 N/A 51,912
June 1993 110,110 N/A 54,758
July 1993 139,580 N/A 58,635
August 1993 116,080 N/A 58,315
September 1993 112,229 N/A 45,504
October 1993 139,647 N/A 60,317
November 1993 102,844 N/A 67,389
December 1993 102,085 N/A 28,718
January 1994 120,164 N/A 54,224
February 1994 112,329 N/A 48,855
March 1994 121,281 N/A 50,485
April 1994 141,585 N/A 57,921
May 1994 118,934 N/A 52,288
June 1994 109,155 N/A 51,716
July 1994 137,598 N/A 54,866
August 1994 110,290 N/A 55,709
September 1994 138,271 N/A 51,668
October 1994 111,061 N/A 56,396
November 1994 102,608 N/A 64,682
December 1994 120,527 N/A 33,060
January 1995 97,393 N/A 55,500
February 1995 107,472 N/A 50,940
March 1995 143,367 N/A 53,168
April 1995 106,541 N/A 54,587
May 1995 109,383 N/A 52,281
June 1995 130,020 N/A 55,632
July 1995 100,130 N/A 56,882
August 1995 109,610 N/A 56,192
September 1995 133,666 N/A 54,123
October 1995 104,137 N/A 62,121
November 1995 80,103 N/A 62,761
December 1995 116,315 N/A 31,645
January 1996 88,565 N/A 49,974
February 1996 105,530 N/A 48,940
March 1996 140,568 N/A 60,649
April 1996 106,256 N/A 56,820
May 1996 128,593 N/A 51,999
June 1996 103,107 N/A 57,346
July 1996 95,524 N/A 53,272
August 1996 127,268 N/A 50,567
September 1996 96,332 N/A 53,700
October 1996 96,571 N/A 47,357
November 1996 110,663 N/A 67,729
December 1996 80,251 N/A 25,982
January 1997 106,270 N/A 45,951
February 1997 98,416 N/A 47,349
March 1997 100,698 N/A 55,486
April 1997 96,792 N/A 51,418
May 1997 112,144 N/A 49,549
June 1997 94,781 N/A 52,584
July 1997 85,017 N/A 49,156
August 1997 117,794 N/A 49,498
September 1997 90,795 N/A 45,423
October 1997 116,527 N/A 49,261
November 1997 82,882 N/A 65,349
December 1997 78,119 N/A 26,393
January 1998 99,742 N/A 46,566
February 1998 92,309 N/A 46,826
March 1998 97,902 N/A 55,435
April 1998 93,574 N/A 49,248
May 1998 113,712 N/A 51,543
June 1998 93,744 N/A 50,471
July 1998 110,735 N/A 51,589
August 1998 93,050 N/A 58,180
September 1998 90,183 N/A 51,640
October 1998 114,853 N/A 51,460
November 1998 84,121 N/A 63,897
December 1998 85,330 N/A 31,276
January 1999 103,073 N/A 48,764
February 1999 95,771 N/A 47,355
March 1999 99,796 N/A 52,846
April 1999 119,553 N/A 54,465
May 1999 95,183 N/A 50,610
June 1999 88,278 N/A 51,134
July 1999 113,437 N/A 53,062
August 1999 96,119 N/A 58,825
September 1999 114,976 N/A 50,718
October 1999 90,451 N/A 54,425
November 1999 84,350 N/A 60,694
December 1999 99,100 N/A 37,590
January 2000 89,205 N/A 49,849
February 2000 102,800 N/A 46,893
March 2000 136,758 N/A 52,745
April 2000 108,357 N/A 54,525
May 2000 105,956 N/A 49,998
June 2000 129,270 N/A 54,048
July 2000 99,341 N/A 53,766
August 2000 110,539 N/A 53,021
September 2000 134,125 N/A 54,449
October 2000 103,853 95,253 54,383
November 2000 96,449 84,826 55,809
December 2000 113,905 102,955 42,164
January 2001 97,432 80,727 49,227
February 2001 109,924 93,331 51,900
March 2001 147,005 124,155 57,359
April 2001 114,687 97,994 58,753
May 2001 118,505 101,219 52,798
June 2001 142,673 121,241 73,724
July 2001 110,750 95,987 42,476
August 2001 157,866 130,496 54,601
September 2001 120,959 93,238 60,682
October 2001 123,515 100,883 64,614
November 2001 147,753 123,735 72,723
December 2001 107,490 91,395 52,452
January 2002 109,903 89,264 53,213
February 2002 129,742 105,757 56,486
March 2002 171,824 142,474 69,618
April 2002 133,823 111,416 64,901
May 2002 161,257 132,018 58,708
June 2002 133,724 110,321 64,068
July 2002 124,177 104,571 62,513
August 2002 171,781 144,259 64,231
September 2002 134,281 109,891 69,191
October 2002 134,666 113,793 62,610
November 2002 161,953 131,318 83,879
December 2002 115,323 99,275 41,046
January 2003 154,330 122,737 56,405
February 2003 136,075 109,212 60,692
March 2003 151,124 121,088 70,806
April 2003 148,300 117,790 68,342
May 2003 182,215 143,187 65,713
June 2003 152,183 121,526 69,910
July 2003 141,058 110,088 63,431
August 2003 196,952 152,501 67,251
September 2003 158,946 116,769 67,469
October 2003 196,467 151,518 61,016
November 2003 141,761 103,278 84,745
December 2003 136,110 104,315 42,125
January 2004 175,214 125,891 57,080
February 2004 159,553 118,939 60,018
March 2004 169,497 126,620 73,703
April 2004 215,618 163,021 70,306
May 2004 169,710 129,156 69,386
June 2004 154,255 107,131 82,897
July 2004 230,059 153,190 47,399
August 2004 180,540 128,582 72,823
September 2004 165,604 119,348 63,776
October 2004 209,734 151,694 70,453
November 2004 151,031 105,538 79,222
December 2004 156,716 131,949 50,163
January 2005 186,874 110,019 67,986
February 2005 164,758 117,583 67,519
March 2005 171,076 120,560 72,857
April 2005 212,728 153,406 74,416
May 2005 169,669 123,233 73,014
June 2005 161,937 113,563 68,532
July 2005 201,021 140,970 73,445
August 2005 171,935 121,472 73,739
September 2005 199,640 134,755 66,796
October 2005 159,071 115,408 72,764
November 2005 145,176 101,616 72,746
December 2005 178,224 129,890 48,387
January 2006 150,347 98,636 63,155
February 2006 161,153 110,753 61,647
March 2006 217,471 152,349 64,657
April 2006 172,656 121,329 68,460
May 2006 175,897 123,852 67,258
June 2006 209,494 144,603 70,106
July 2006 161,821 111,267 72,673
August 2006 178,619 122,685 73,230
September 2006 211,382 136,729 73,871
October 2006 163,885 118,186 76,145
November 2006 144,573 97,775 73,237
December 2006 186,790 132,958 48,157
January 2007 146,429 92,850 58,613
February 2007 164,973 113,560 64,360
March 2007 223,213 153,140 69,621
April 2007 176,383 120,724 73,577
May 2007 178,998 121,868 67,564
June 2007 214,453 144,294 72,088
July 2007 167,620 111,318 70,775
August 2007 227,074 152,392 66,583
September 2007 174,484 108,390 72,137
October 2007 171,361 119,728 70,747
November 2007 197,992 131,366 78,385
December 2007 147,216 101,118 58,656
January 2008 157,837 97,907 62,522
February 2008 221,327 144,095 70,348
March 2008 184,605 122,756 78,411
April 2008 188,185 125,662 75,168
May 2008 218,667 147,017 74,137
June 2008 184,344 125,417 76,373
July 2008 173,991 116,004 69,962
August 2008 235,204 156,133 80,137
September 2008 178,930 117,773 80,087
October 2008 235,161 154,395 80,509
November 2008 173,204 108,423 88,413
December 2008 168,941 111,526 58,944
January 2009 239,385 142,861 69,566
February 2009 212,378 133,819 77,497
March 2009 225,790 146,992 86,964
April 2009 225,232 144,423 82,473
May 2009 271,231 175,134 83,566
June 2009 230,772 148,474 82,260
July 2009 277,488 176,295 83,308
August 2009 233,807 148,855 88,293
September 2009 221,830 143,380 82,097
October 2009 278,422 182,698 87,931
November 2009 207,089 128,534 82,818
December 2009 192,820 127,510 79,167
January 2010 257,939 157,218 80,688
February 2010 218,654 138,444 79,800
March 2010 236,162 151,287 98,919
April 2010 289,448 191,463 88,429
May 2010 232,865 149,448 89,109
June 2010 225,526 144,244 88,936
July 2010 291,964 189,257 88,051
August 2010 240,668 160,532 94,340
September 2010 232,270 152,518 82,279
October 2010 293,682 199,118 91,183
November 2010 205,587 133,566 97,748
December 2010 211,033 159,303 73,069
January 2011 198,421 138,134 85,174
February 2011 232,555 140,180 83,272
March 2011 289,143 154,858 89,640
April 2011 237,358 190,604 93,276
May 2011 235,976 155,659 89,664
June 2011 287,287 145,854 85,913
July 2011 226,918 182,808 87,426
August 2011 234,569 149,384 88,571
September 2011 275,981 175,321 83,184
October 2011 220,620 145,776 86,091
November 2011 193,842 120,971 85,227
December 2011 246,250 160,042 67,565
January 2012 213,902 127,412 78,548
February 2012 220,938 140,891 83,712
March 2012 289,906 186,761 87,378
April 2012 225,844 143,941 83,561
May 2012 231,671 150,768 77,392
June 2012 274,302 175,814 84,766
July 2012 214,454 136,233 83,061
August 2012 288,795 186,632 75,459
September 2012 222,777 141,593 82,687
October 2012 217,547 141,931 82,379
November 2012 241,997 153,573 71,698
December 2012 181,891 123,314 89,332
January 2013 193,391 121,302 74,610
February 2013 212,581 132,338 72,508
March 2013 278,024 177,807 81,804
April 2013 218,035 138,961 76,983
May 2013 261,201 168,527 73,508
June 2013 215,955 137,961 78,418
July 2013 197,996 125,805 76,207
August 2013 272,547 173,156 73,058
September 2013 207,131 130,845 76,640
October 2013 200,346 143,238 70,800
November 2013 227,353 142,391 68,375
December 2013 169,379 110,369 61,983
January 2014 231,433 136,854 61,479
February 2014 197,076 125,257 64,081
March 2014 212,481 137,600 71,205
April 2014 211,289 135,364 77,130
May 2014 249,652 164,007 66,764
June 2014 205,590 132,615 71,744
July 2014 192,085 123,554 64,142
August 2014 256,859 165,903 68,810
September 2014 197,086 126,657 76,540
October 2014 244,568 163,490 64,139
November 2014 172,313 111,802 61,055
December 2014 165,742 110,550 63,884
January 2015 225,438 137,355 63,123
February 2015 183,939 119,468 59,569
March 2015 198,942 127,875 65,229
April 2015 199,829 130,634 73,193
May 2015 241,623 157,171 67,636
June 2015 197,302 126,299 65,563
July 2015 182,900 148,453 64,225
August 2015 196,446 124,023 68,785
September 2015 235,092 119,885 61,433
October 2015 234,316 148,144 69,670
November 2015 167,772 107,118 56,322
December 2015 163,844 105,694 60,991
January 2016 211,118 127,336 63,041
February 2016 181,752 115,999 64,259
March 2016 185,785 119,888 57,823
April 2016 235,612 148,993 71,648
May 2016 187,647 119,399 65,310
June 2016 174,750 111,174 59,247
July 2016 220,353 138,162 62,339
August 2016 186,226 118,853 66,305
September 2016 221,215 143,918 61,401
October 2016 168,393 108,387 65,121
November 2016 155,329 98,236 50,275
December 2016 193,403 123,355 57,499
January 2017 167,168 99,940 69,910
February 2017 170,806 108,841 57,982
March 2017 223,991 144,021 65,782
April 2017 174,800 111,033 67,779
May 2017 177,522 112,818 62,193
June 2017 210,491 132,464 66,458
July 2017 164,092 100,826 67,837
August 2017 177,801 112,260 66,912
September 2017 206,195 128,816 67,071
October 2017 167,053 109,704 63,654
November 2017 152,064 96,488 49,028
December 2017 187,945 120,592 57,535
January 2018 156,670 91,564 67,036
February 2018 169,070 104,115 51,934
March 2018 212,337 132,256 69,711
April 2018 172,088 108,698 65,387
May 2018 170,296 107,301 59,876
June 2018 207,406 126,871 64,176
July 2018 164,037 100,311 66,154
August 2018 219,272 135,213 60,048