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Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2016

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Provides a picture of the percentage of employees in the public and private sectors who participate in medical care, retirement, and life insurance benefits.   Also provides information for types of occupations and regions of country.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes

Estimates that if current laws remain unchanged, the U.S. would face steadily increasing budget deficits and debt over the next 30 years, reaching the highest level of debt relative to GDP ever experienced in this country.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2016 Annual Reports

A summary of the two reports on the current and projected financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  From the Social Security Administration


Congressional Statistics, December 2015

Categories: Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Fact sheets and data tables for each state, showing the number of beneficiaries by type and the total monthly benefits paid under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program and the Supplemental Security Income Program.  From the Social Security Administration


The 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds

Presents the current and projected financial status of the trust funds.  Projects that the combined asset reserves of the OASDI funds will be depleted  in 2034, the same as last year, with 79% of benefits payable at that time.  The Disability Trust Fund will become depleted in 2023, extended from last year’s estimate of 2016.  From the Social Security Administration


Social Security Disability Insurance: Participation and Spending

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Spending on Disability Insurance benefits grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 2015 and nearly tripled as a share of GDP.  Even if spending is projected to be more modest in the coming years, under current law, spending would exceed income after 2018 and the Trust Fund would be exhausted in 2022.  This report lays out policy options for Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office


2015 Survey of Public Pensions: State and Local Data

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for about 300 state-administered, and 6,000 locally-administered defined benefit public pension systems.  From the Census Bureau


The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2013

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes


Analyzes the distribution of household income and four types of federal taxes to determine average after-tax income and the average federal tax rate.  Also examines the uneven distribution of income across households.  Finds that tax increases reduced income inequality slightly.  From the Congressional Budget Office


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