History of Social Security Cost Of Living Adjustments16%                         14.3%14%12%10%         8.0% 8% 6%        ...
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History of Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments

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Automatic cost of living adjustments for Social Security benefits began in 1975.

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History of Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments

  1. 1. History of Social Security Cost Of Living Adjustments16% 14.3%14%12%10% 8.0% 8% 6% 4.7% 4% 3.5% 3.6% 2.8% 2.5% 2.7% 2% 0.0% 0% 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2012 1983* 2010* 2011*Automatic cost of living adjustments for Social Security benefits began in 1975. From 1975-82 COLAs were effectivebeginning in July. Starting in 1984, COLAs were effective beginning in January. During the transition year, 1983, therewas no cost of living adjustment.*There were no cost of living adjustments in 1983, 2010 or 2011.Source: The History of COLA, http://www.ssa.gov/cola/automatic-cola.htm

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