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    & Poverty
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    Beneficiaries
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    Beneficiaries

Never Beneficiariesa, Aged 62–86, 2012

Released: April 2012
Next expected update: Winter 2015
  • 3.2% of the population aged 62–86 are never beneficiaries.
  • Late arriving immigrants and infrequent workers:
    – comprise roughly 80% of never beneficiaries, and
    – have the highest poverty rates among never beneficiaries.
Population Characteristics
Percentage with characteristic
Pie chart series linked to data in table format.
Breakdown of Never Beneficiaries
Percentage in group
Pie chart showing 29.7% are late arriving immigrants: immigrants who arrive at age 50 or later and have insufficient earnings to quality for Social Security. 50.0% are infrequent workers: individuals who have insufficient earnings to qualify for Social Security, but are not late arriving immigrants. 6.9% die before receiving Social Security benefits, although projected to be eligible. And 13.5% are non-covered workers: individuals with sufficient earnings, but who work in non-covered employment (primarily state and local government employees).
Poverty Rates
Percentage in poverty
Bar chart showing 70.6% of infrequent workers, 56.1% of late arriving immigrants, 11.1% of non-covered workers, and 18.4% of individuals who die before receiving benefits.
a. Individuals who never receive Social Security benefits.
SOURCE: Modeling Income in the Near Term, Version 6 (MINT6) microsimulation model using 2011 Trustees Report intermediate assumptions.