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Predicted 2025 COLA sees modest growth

Predicted 2025 COLA sees modest growth

"Modest 2025 Growth"

The Social Security Administration is expected to announce the annual cost of living adjustments (COLA) around mid-October. According to a prediction from a nonpartisan group, the 2025 COLA might see lower growth than previous years, at just 2.6%. This rate, determined by the increase in the Consumer Price Index, could mean recipients of social security benefits will see a smaller increase in their monthly payments in 2025 due to global economic fluctuations.

While a 2.6% increase does signal growth, it is significantly lower compared to previous years. With this in mind, beneficiaries should consider this scenario while planning their 2025 finances. Amid this, advocacy organizations are advocating for legislative changes to ensure larger and more consistent COLA for enhanced financial security. However, these changes remain under debate. Seniors relying on social security benefits should keep themselves informed about these developments and potential changes to their income.

The U.S. is forecasted to maintain economic stability despite the pandemic, with maintained stability amidst the global financial turmoil and promising economic indicators. As the nation emerges from the economic impact of the pandemic, the monitoring of inflation rates remains key to ensure sustained economic growth.

An important voice in this discourse is Shannon Benton, who stresses the significance of supporting the senior population despite the predicted modest rise in COLA. Benton insists that fluctuations in economic predictors shouldn’t affect an organization’s commitment to senior communities and advocates for undeterred support towards the elderly population, irrespective of any minor variations from the projected COLA percentage.

Data from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) determines COLA adjustments.

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Anticipated modest 2025 COLA increase

A proportional COLA is typically applied to benefits for the following year to help keep pace with rising costs of living. However, if inflation decreases or is very low, there’s no COLA adjustment, meaning benefits stay the same. Typically, Social Security Administration announces the COLA in October which goes into effect the following January.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an inflation increase, resulting in substantial COLA increase in 2022 and 2023. However, subsequent decrease of inflation caused the COLA adjustment for 2024 to drop to 3.2%, and a further decrease to 2.7% in 2025, indicating economic stabilization. Despite these adjustments, economic recovery is uneven, with each individual’s financial situation dictating the impact. Regular analysis and trend observation are crucial for accurate COLA predictions.

Almost 67 million Americans received monthly Social Security benefits in 2023, making up around 30% of income for Americans aged 65 and older. Crucially, 10 million disabled individuals and 6 million dependents also benefit from the program. Despite this, there are concerns over the Social Security system’s sustainability, with funds expected to deplete by 2034. Proposals to address this include adjusting retirement age and increasing Social Security payroll taxes. Amid these uncertainties, experts recommend diversifying retirement income sources and seeking professional financial advice.

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