WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SOCIAL SECURITY ENACTED
Profile America — Friday, August 14th. Preserving Social Security is a continuing concern in an increasingly aging America. The demographic profile was different on this date in 1935, when the program was signed into law by President Roosevelt. The program aimed to provide security to retired workers over 65, most of whom had no pension, and life expectancy at birth was just 58 years for men and 62 for women. The first monthly check under the system was for $22.54, issued in January 1940. Now, there are 39 million retired workers receiving Social Security benefits averaging about $1,300 a month. Current life expectancy at birth is roughly 77 years for males and over 81 years for females, with the longest lifespans projected for native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Life expectancy in 1935: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history/lifeexpect.html
First Social Security check: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history/imf.html
Life expectancy 2015: https://www.census.gov/population/projections/files/summary/NP2012-T10.csv
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau