Social Security checks will rise 5.9% in 2022 due to higher inflation
Poor Rebecca Chabad – NBC News
The Social Security Administration announced Wednesday that benefit checks for millions of people will increase by 5.9%, the largest adjustment in decades, starting in January.
This increase, which will affect nearly 70 million people, is due to high inflation Due to supply chain problems, labor shortages and other difficulties caused by the global warming pandemic. COVID-19.
At the end of December, about eight million benefited from the Social Security Supplemental Security Income Program, Intended for people with special needs or those on low incomesThey will also start getting higher payments.
Data released on Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Prices increased 5.4% In September compared to the same month last year, Inflation rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in September compared to August.
“Some other adjustments that take effect in January each year are based on average wage increases. Based on this increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax (the maximum tax) will increase to $147,000 from 142,800 dollars,” the Social Security Administration said Wednesday.
In general, the COLA increase has been from 1% to 2% each year. However, at the height of the Great Recession in 2009, benefits rose by 5.8% for 50 million people, which at the time was the largest increase in more than a century.