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Social Security benefits will go up 1.5 percent

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WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year, the government announced today.

The increase is among the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. It is small because consumer prices haven’t gone up much in the past year.

The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure of inflation that was released this morning. The COLA affects benefits for more than one-fifth of the country. In addition…

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