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My mom recently received her January 2022 Social Security benefit payment and mentioned it seemed quite a bit higher than usual. Do you know why this might be?
Millions of retirees on Social Security are receiving a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 39 years follows a spike in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off some of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic (particularly a rise in prices of many goods such as gas and food, supply chain snags and other factors). The COLA amounts to an increase of $92 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released by the Social Security Administration. For some perspective, the COLA has been averaging just 1.65% over the past 10 years.
Knowledge Is Retirement Power
The Social Security Administration recently introduced a new look and feel to the Social Security Statement, available online through the my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. The Statement is one of the most effective tools people can use to learn about their earnings and future Social Security benefits. Examples of the new Statement and fact sheets are available at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/statement.html.
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