According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a total of 4,961,659 blind and disabled recipients1 between the ages of 18 and 64 received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2015. Out of the almost 5 million individuals receiving SSI benefits, only 6.3% worked (n=311,922).
Adults with disabilities between the ages of 40 and 64 were a significant demographic of people who receive SSI, constituting almost two thirds of recipients in 2015 (64%; n=3,167,307). However, only 3.5% (n=111,762) of SSI recipients with disabilities in this age group worked.
In comparison, younger SSI recipients (ages 18–39) constituted 36% (n=1,794,352) of the total SSI recipients. However, their workforce participation was over 3 times higher compared to the 40–64 age group, at 11.2%.
Domin, Daria; Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla; and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, "Despite Some Gains, Social Security Administration Data Show a Low Level of Workforce Participation Among SSI Recipients" (2017). Data Note Series, Institute for Community Inclusion. 67.