The Social Security Administration has announced a 2.8% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2019. This increase will benefit more than 67 million Americans. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is the largest in seven years.
The amount of the COLA is determined by inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The CPI-W is essentially a list of changes in the price of goods and services purchased by clerical workers, sales workers, craft workers, operative, service workers, or laborers. The CPI-W does not count purchases made by retirees or people not in the labor force.