Social Security Checks Get 3.6% Bump
Raise is first since 2009
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2011 2:04 PM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2011 10:48 AM CDT
In this 2005 file photo, trays of printed Social Security checks wait to be mailed from a US Treasury facility in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

(Newser) – Social Security recipients will get something in January they used to get every year: a raise. The 3.6% boost, which is tied to the government's official inflation measure released today, will be the program's first cost-of-living adjustment since 2009. That's because inflation has been so low for the past two years that no raise was triggered. Before that, seniors had seen bumps every year since 1975. The AP reports that the average yearly increase will total $467.

Of course, while inflation was low, many seniors saw their retirement accounts hit by the financial crisis, so the bump is quite welcome, an AARP executive said. "People certainly feel like they are falling behind, and these are modest-income folks to begin with, so every dollar counts," he said. "I think sometimes people forget what seniors' incomes are." And even this latest bump comes with some bad news: Medicare premiums are on the rise, and will eat into some of the raise.

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Oct 19, 2011 7:34 PM CDT
That 3.6% will certainly help buy all the stuff that's gone up on average more like 15-20%. Government stats are a farce.
Oct 19, 2011 4:23 PM CDT
Good news especially for inner-city hoodlums and other lifeforms dwelling in the ghettos. They need to be put off of welfare and be put on to workfare, even if it's hard work sweating in the fields. Those who paid into the system can reap these rewards. Still, it would be good if was taxable like taxable income.
Oct 19, 2011 1:55 PM CDT
Damn, this story must make the Republican- Tea Party angry. Eat your heart Ron Paul.