The Future of Social Security


The Worker-to-Beneficiary Ratio

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(Congressional Budget Office)

The self-funding nature of Social Security payroll taxes is under pressure because the ratio of workers paying into the system versus those receiving benefits is falling. This worker-to-beneficiary ratio was 4.9 in 1960, 2.8 in 2010, and is projected to be 1.9 in 2035.

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