Information About Unemployment Benefits for SSI and SSDI Recipients


Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people in New York have been receiving unemployment benefits. A person is allowed to receive unemployment benefits and disability benefits at the same time. However, the Social Security Administration is allowed to consider a person’s unemployment benefits when deciding whether or not that person is disabled. When a person receives unemployment benefits, the person is certifying he or she is “ready, willing, and able to work.” This certification could be considered as evidence that a person is not disabled. On the other hand, a person can qualify for disability benefits even though he or she is capable of performing some work, so receiving unemployment benefits would not automatically disqualify a person from receiving disability benefits. 


When a person is receiving disability benefits the Social Security Administration will periodically conduct a review of your condition to make sure you still qualify for disability benefits. If a person received unemployment benefits since the last review, that may be considered in a continuing disability review.


Because unemployment benefits may impact a person’s eligibility for disability benefits, it is wise to speak to an attorney if you plan on receiving both.


If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, any unemployment benefits you receive (other than the first $20) will reduce your SSI payment dollar-for-dollar. You have a duty to report income to the Social Security Administration if you are an SSI recipient. 


If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), unemployment benefits will not affect the amount of the SSDI payment, but, as stated above, it may be considered in determining whether you are disabled.


Click here for our article on unemployment benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic.



Last Review Date: May 25, 2021

Information About Unemployment Benefits for SSI and SSDI Recipients

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