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4 States where social security assistance is difficult to find

4 States where social security assistance is difficult to find

Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com Many businesses and organizations struggle terribly with exhausted staff, and the Social Security Administr

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Many businesses and organizations struggle terribly with exhausted staff, and the Social Security Administration is no exception.

The federal agency lost 15% of its nationwide staff nationwide between 2010 and 2021, but the problem is particularly severe in a handful of states.

In those locations, SSA offices have lost more than a quarter of their staff over the past 11 years, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

The center says the wear and tear is the result of budget cuts on the part of Congress.

Staff reduction means “fewer people to make appointments, answer telephones and process social security applications’ essential retirement, survivors and disability benefits,” the center says.

Here are four statements where staff levels have dropped by more than 25%.

Alaska

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State Social Security Administration (SSA) staff size:

  • In the 2010 financial year: 76 employees
  • In the 2021 financial year: 38 employees (a loss of 50% since 2010)

Although Alaska has lost SSA staff since 2010, the state’s social security disability assessment staff actually increased by two people (9%) during the same 11-year period.

West Virginia

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State Social Security Administration (SSA) staff size:

  • In the 2010 financial year: 454 employees
  • In the 2021 financial year: 303 employees (a loss of 33% since 2010)

West Virginia’s social security disability assessment staff has dropped by the same percentage as its SSA staff over the past 11 years – 33%.

Iowa

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State’s Social Security Administration staff size:

  • In the 2010 financial year: 343 employees
  • In the 2021 financial year: 243 employees (a loss of 29% since 2010)

Iowa’s Social Security Disability Assessment staff also fell by 20% during the period.

Virginia

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State’s Social Security Administration staff size:

  • In the 2010 financial year: 2 193 employees
  • In the 2021 financial year: 1 616 employees (a loss of 26% since 2010)

Virginia’s social security disability assessment staff also declined during the period, but by a meager 5%.

Get help with social security

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Fortunately, even if your state’s social security staff is declining, you can still do many things online. To take full advantage of this feature, sign up for a Social Security account. To learn more, read “7 Benefits of Having a Social Security Account Online.”

In addition, as we have noted in the past, representatives of social security in the first place may not be the best source of information about the program. Sign out:

You can also drop by Money Talks News’ Solutions Center and get expert, low-cost social security assistance.

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