The updated Social Security increase information has been unveiled for 2018.
Here’s what you should know from Friday’s announcement:
- Recipients of Social Security will get a 2% increase in what they’ll receive, which is below the 2.2% estimate.
- The figure is the highest increase since 2012, when recipients got a 3.6% increase.
- In 2017, the Social Security increase was only 0.2%, while in 2016, it was flat.
- The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) covers more than 61 million million Social Security beneficiaries and more than 8 million of those getting Supplemental Security Income benefits. Some people get both.
- On average, people will get an extra $25 per month.
- The Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, helped determine the Social Security increase.
- Young recipients will also get a higher earning limit, as it will be 0.7% higher to $17,040 for people below the age of 66, meaning their benefits will decline by $1 for every $2 above that amount that they earn.
- The average monthly payment from Social Security is $1,258, or about $15,000 a year.
- Advocates for seniors say the Social Security increase doesn’t accurately represent inflation, especially the rising cost of health care.
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