Inflation surge may increase Social Security adjustment

by / ⠀News / April 23, 2024
Inflation Surge

Predicted adjustments to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries might be greater due to a recent surge in inflation. This, however, is based on data from March’s inflation rates and will depend on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) used by the Social Security Administration.

The increase could be even lower due to unexpected changes in the economy such as deflation. Nevertheless, a 3% COLA still leaves many beneficiaries struggling due to rising healthcare and essential living costs. The final decision will be announced in October by the Social Security Administration.

The nonpartisan Senior Citizens League highlights ongoing struggles with high inflation rates. March’s data showed a 0.4% rise in the consumer price index compared to the previous month. This trajectory is likely to continue, making daily life costlier for seniors on fixed income. Though a significant boost, it also underlines the challenge of handling escalating living costs.

The annual adjustment to Social Security benefits is based on CPI-W data, indicating a 3.5% surge in March.

Predicting Social Security adjustments amid inflation surge

The increases are lower than those seen in 2023 and 2024. The expected increase is much-welcomed but may not cover rising costs of food and healthcare.

Despite the living cost adjustments, rising inflation still affects retirees. A projected 3% increase is higher than the 20-year average of 2.6%, potentially boosting the average retiree benefit by approximately $57.21 a month yet offset by increasing costs.

Escalating daily living costs add financial stress on U.S. households. In March, American households had to spend an extra $227 to uphold consumption levels from the previous year. This places undue pressure on low-wage earners, increasing poverty and wealth disparities and necessitating intervention.

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Average spending has risen by about $784 per month over the past two years, and by $1,069 over three years. Despite a drop in the inflation rate, the financial strain for many families persists. This calls for vital discussions on economic struggle and inflation rates.

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