Why Social Security is Important for the Young

Social Security provides more than just retirement benefits. Retired workers and their dependents make up just 71% of total benefits paid.

Disabled workers and their dependents account for 16% of total benefits paid.

About 90 percent of workers age 21-64 in covered employment in 2016 and their families have this protection in the event of a long-term disability.

Just over one in four of today’s 20 year-olds will become disabled before reaching age 67.
Over 67% of the private sector workforce has no long-term disability insurance.

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