Social Security checks going up by 5.9 percent, the highest increase in decades
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The Social Security Administration announced Wednesday that recipients will receive a nearly 6 percent increase in benefits next year.

The boost in benefits, which will affect nearly 70 million people, is being fueled by a spike in inflation caused by supply chain bottlenecks, worker shortages and other economic disruptions from the Covid pandemic.

The larger checks will begin to arrive for most recipients in January.

At the end of December, about 8 million recipients of Social Security's Supplemental Security Income program, which is for people who are disabled or receive little income, will start to receive increased…
Rebecca Shabad
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