Total benefits paid as a percent of personal income, 1937-2019
[Amounts in millions]

Calendar
year
Total benefits Personal
income a/
Total benefits
as percent of
personal income
1937 1 74,710 b/
1938 10 69,084 0.01%
1939 14 73,632 0.02%
1940 35 79,408 0.04%
1941 88 97,878 0.09%
1942 131 126,724 0.10%
1943 166 156,187 0.11%
1944 209 169,717 0.12%
1945 274 175,786 0.16%
1946 378 182,534 0.21%
1947 466 194,481 0.24%
1948 556 213,496 0.26%
1949 667 211,071 0.32%
1950 961 233,735 0.41%
1951 1,885 264,232 0.71%
1952 2,194 282,460 0.78%
1953 3,006 299,227 1.00%
1954 3,670 302,221 1.21%
1955 4,968 324,159 1.53%
1956 5,715 347,903 1.64%
1957 7,404 367,983 2.01%
1958 8,576 378,953 2.26%
1959 10,298 402,865 2.56%
1960 11,245 422,138 2.66%
1961 12,749 440,576 2.89%
1962 14,461 468,837 3.08%
1963 15,427 492,774 3.13%
1964 16,223 528,193 3.07%
1965 18,311 570,659 3.21%
1966 21,070 620,339 3.40%
1967 25,967 665,723 3.90%
1968 30,651 730,915 4.19%
1969 33,371 800,336 4.17%
1970 38,982 865,045 4.51%
1971 45,065 932,785 4.83%
1972 50,269 1,024,456 4.91%
1973 61,091 1,140,780 5.36%
1974 70,996 1,251,819 5.67%
1975 82,611 1,369,389 6.03%
1976 94,180 1,502,647 6.27%
1977 106,443 1,659,236 6.42%
1978 117,894 1,863,721 6.33%
1979 133,691 2,082,670 6.42%
1980 156,298 2,323,645 6.73%
1981 184,450 2,605,118 7.08%
1982 207,268 2,791,597 7.42%
1983 224,524 2,981,057 7.53%
1984 238,682 3,292,716 7.25%
1985 256,723 3,524,881 7.28%
1986 272,698 3,733,084 7.30%
1987 284,487 3,961,598 7.18%
1988 303,717 4,283,399 7.09%
1989 329,193 4,625,573 7.12%
1990 356,536 4,913,791 7.26%
1991 386,912 5,084,914 7.61%
1992 419,325 5,420,868 7.74%
1993 449,896 5,657,948 7.95%
1994 478,775 5,947,110 8.05%
1995 513,959 6,291,376 8.17%
1996 544,350 6,678,529 8.15%
1997 572,542 7,092,489 8.07%
1998 585,156 7,606,662 7.69%
1999 595,326 8,001,868 7.44%
2000 625,060 8,652,601 7.22%
2001 672,853 9,005,595 7.47%
2002 714,804 9,158,965 7.80%
2003 746,756 9,487,549 7.87%
2004 796,075 10,035,076 7.93%
2005 850,717 10,598,246 8.03%
2006 955,067 11,381,708 8.39%
2007 1,010,452 12,007,782 8.41%
2008 1,077,065 12,442,208 8.66%
2009 1,177,916 12,059,109 9.77%
2010 1,217,587 12,551,597 9.70%
2011 1,266,616 13,326,770 9.50%
2012 1,340,778 14,010,140 9.57%
2013 1,387,333 14,181,095 9.78%
2014 1,453,018 14,991,715 9.69%
2015 1,524,829 15,717,760 9.70%
2016 1,580,923 16,121,183 9.81%
2017 1,643,643 16,878,796 9.74%
2018 1,719,420 17,819,158 9.65%
2019 1,833,610 18,602,303 9.86%
a Personal income data, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and was obtained on March 26, 2020. This data is subject to revision
b Less than 0.005 percent.