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Social Security sees largest cost of living adjustment in decades as inflation jumps

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Posted at 8:55 AM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 09:12:09-04

WASHINGTON — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022.

The biggest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.

The COLA increase amounts to $92 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration.

The increase affects household budgets for about 1 in 5 Americans, nearly 70 million people, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.

Policymakers say it's a safeguard to protect benefits against a loss of purchasing power and not a pay raise for retirees.