Social Security Administration expects that before the middle of the 21st
century there will be only two workers for every Social Security beneficiary;
as recently as 1960 there were five workers for every beneficiary.
Of the 45 million people receiving Social Security payments in 2000, about 29 million were retired workers. The remainder were spouses of retirees, spouses and children of disabled and deceased workers, and disabled persons under age 65.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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