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Title 20--Employees' Benefits
Chapter III -- Social Security Administration
Part 404 -- Federal Old-Age, Survivors And Disability Insurance
Subpart P -- Determining Disability And Blindness
Current through February 1, 1997; 62 FR 4890
Appendix 2 To Subpart P--Medical-Vocational Guidelines

200.00 Introduction.

201.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to sedentary work as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s).

202.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to light work as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s).

203.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to medium work as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s).

204.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to heavy work (or very heavy work) as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s).

 

200.00 Introduction. (a) The following rules reflect the major functional and vocational patterns which are encountered in cases which cannot be evaluated on medical considerations alone, where an individual with a severe medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) is not engaging in substantial gainful activity and the individual's impairment(s) prevents the performance of his or her vocationally relevant past work. They also reflect the analysis of the various vocational factors (i.e., age, education, and work experience) in combination with the individual's residual functional capacity (used to determine his or her maximum sustained work capability for sedentary, light, medium, heavy, or very heavy work) in evaluating the individual's ability to engage in substantial gainful activity in other than his or her vocationally relevant past work. Where the findings of fact made with respect to a particular individual's vocational factors and residual functional capacity coincide with all of the criteria of a particular rule, the rule directs a conclusion as to whether the individual is or is not disabled. However, each of these findings of fact is subject to rebuttal and the individual may present evidence to refute such findings. Where any one of the findings of fact does not coincide with the corresponding criterion of a rule, the rule does not apply in that particular case and, accordingly, does not direct a conclusion of disabled or not disabled. In any instance where a rule does not apply, full consideration must be given to all of the relevant facts of the case in accordance with the definitions and discussions of each factor in the appropriate sections of the regulations.

(b) The existence of jobs in the national economy is reflected in the "Decisions" shown in the rules; i.e., in promulgating the rules, administrative notice has been taken of the numbers of unskilled jobs that exist throughout the national economy at the various functional levels (sedentary, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy) as supported by the "Dictionary of Occupational Titles" and the "Occupational Outlook Handbook," published by the Department of Labor; the "County Business Patterns" and "Census Surveys" published by the Bureau of the Census; and occupational surveys of light and sedentary jobs prepared for the Social Security Administration by various State employment agencies. Thus, when all factors coincide with the criteria of a rule, the existence of such jobs is established. However, the existence of such jobs for individuals whose remaining functional capacity or other factors do not coincide with the criteria of a rule must be further considered in terms of what kinds of jobs or types of work may be either additionally indicated or precluded.

(c) In the application of the rules, the individual's residual functional capacity (i.e., the maximum degree to which the individual retains the capacity for sustained performance of the physical-mental requirements of jobs), age, education, and work experience must first be determined. When assessing the person's residual functional capacity, we consider his or her symptoms (such as pain), signs, and laboratory findings together with other evidence we obtain.

(d) The correct disability decision (i.e., on the issue of ability to engage in substantial gainful activity) is found by then locating the individual's specific vocational profile. If an individual's specific profile is not listed within this Appendix 2, a conclusion of disabled or not disabled is not directed. Thus, for example, an individual's ability to engage in substantial gainful work where his or her residual functional capacity falls between the ranges of work indicated in the rules (e.g., the individual who can perform more than light but less than medium work), is decided on the basis of the principles and definitions in the regulations, giving consideration to the rules for specific case situations in this Appendix 2. These rules represent various combinations of exertional capabilities, age, education and work experience and also provide an overall structure for evaluation of those cases in which the judgments as to each factor do not coincide with those of any specific rule. Thus, when the necessary judgments have been made as to each factor and it is found that no specific rule applies, the rules still provide guidance for decisionmaking, such as in cases involving combinations of impairments. For example, if strength limitations resulting from an individual's impairment(s) considered with the judgments made as to the individual's age, education and work experience correspond to (or closely approximate) the factors of a particular rule, the adjudicator then has a frame of reference for considering the jobs or types of work precluded by other, nonexertional impairments in terms of numbers of jobs remaining for a particular individual.

(e) Since the rules are predicated on an individual's having an impairment which manifests itself by limitations in meeting the strength requirements of jobs, they may not be fully applicable where the nature of an individual's impairment does not result in such limitations, e.g., certain mental, sensory, or skin impairments. In addition, some impairments may result solely in postural and manipulative limitations or environmental restrictions. Environmental restrictions are those restrictions which result in inability to tolerate some physical feature(s) of work settings that occur in certain industries or types of work, e.g., an inability to tolerate dust or fumes.

 

(1) In the evaluation of disability where the individual has solely a nonexertional type of impairment, determination as to whether disability exists shall be based on the principles in the appropriate sections of the regulations, giving consideration to the rules for specific case situations in this Appendix 2. The rules do not direct factual conclusions of disabled or not disabled for individuals with solely nonexertional types of impairments.

(2) However, where an individual has an impairment or combination of impairments resulting in both strength limitations and nonexertional limitations, the rules in this subpart are considered in determining first whether a finding of disabled may be possible based on the strength limitations alone and, if not, the rule(s) reflecting the individual's maximum residual strength capabilities, age, education, and work experience provide a framework for consideration of how much the individual's work capability is further diminished in terms of any types of jobs that would be contraindicated by the nonexertional limitations. Also, in these combinations of nonexertional and exertional limitations which cannot be wholly determined under the rules in this Appendix 2, full consideration must be given to all of the relevant facts in the case in accordance with the definitions and discussions of each factor in the appropriate sections of the regulations, which will provide insight into the adjudicative weight to be accorded each factor.

 

201.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to sedentary work as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s). (a) Most sedentary occupations fall within the skilled, semi-skilled, professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and benchwork classifications. Approximately 200 separate unskilled sedentary occupations can be identified, each representing numerous jobs in the national economy. Approximately 85 percent of these jobs are in the machine trades and benchwork occupational categories. These jobs (unskilled sedentary occupations) may be performed after a short demonstration or within 30 days.

(b) These unskilled sedentary occupations are standard within the industries in which they exist. While sedentary work represents a significantly restricted range of work, this range in itself is not so prohibitively restricted as to negate work capability for substantial gainful activity.

(c) Vocational adjustment to sedentary work may be expected where the individual has special skills or experience relevant to sedentary work or where age and basic educational competencies provide sufficient occupational mobility to adapt to the major segment of unskilled sedentary work. Inability to engage in substantial gainful activity would be indicated where an individual who is restricted to sedentary work because of a severe medically determinable impairment lacks special skills or experience relevant to sedentary work, lacks educational qualifications relevant to most sedentary work (e.g., has a limited education or less) and the individual's age, though not necessarily advanced, is a factor which significantly limits vocational adaptability.

(d) The adversity of functional restrictions to sedentary work at advanced age (55 and over) for individuals with no relevant past work or who can no longer perform vocationally relevant past work and have no transferable skills, warrants a finding of disabled in the the absence of the rare situation where the individual has recently completed education which provides a basis for direct entry into skilled sedentary work. Advanced age and a history of unskilled work or no work experience would ordinarily offset any vocational advantages that might accrue by reason of any remote past education, whether it is more or less than limited education.

(e) The presence of acquired skills that are readily transferable to a significant range of skilled work within an individual's residual functional capacity would ordinarily warrant a finding of ability to engage in substantial gainful activity regardless of the adversity of age, or whether the individual's formal education is commensurate with his or her demonstrated skill level. The acquisition of work skills demonstrates the ability to perform work at the level of complexity demonstrated by the skill level attained regardless of the individual's formal educational attainments.

(f) In order to find transferability of skills to skilled sedentary work for individuals who are of advanced age (55 and over), there must be very little, if any, vocational adjustment required in terms of tools, work processes, work settings, or the industry.

(g) Individuals approaching advanced age (age 50-54) may be significantly limited in vocational adaptability if they are restricted to sedentary work. When such individuals have no past work experience or can no longer perform vocationally relevant past work and have no transferable skills, a finding of disabled ordinarily obtains. However, recently completed education which provides for direct entry into sedentary work will preclude such a finding. For this age group, even a high school education or more (ordinarily completed in the remote past) would have little impact for effecting a vocational adjustment unless relevant work experience reflects use of such education.

(h) The term "younger individual" is used to denote an individual age 18 through 49. For those within this group who are age 45-49, age is a less positive factor than for those who are age 18-44. Accordingly, for such individuals; (1) who are restricted to sedentary work, (2) who are unskilled or have no transferable skills, (3) who have no relevant past work or who can no longer perform vocationally relevant past work, and (4) who are either illiterate or unable to communicate in the English language, a finding of disabled is warranted. On the other hand, age is a more positive factor for those who are under age 45 and is usually not a significant factor in limiting such an individual's ability to make a vocational adjustment, even an adjustment to unskilled sedentary work, and even where the individual is illiterate or unable to communicate in English. However, a finding of disabled is not precluded for those individuals under age 45 who do not meet all of the criteria of a specific rule and who do not have the ability to perform a full range of sedentary work. The following examples are illustrative: Example 1: An individual under age 45 with a high school education can no longer do past work and is restricted to unskilled sedentary jobs because of a severe medically determinable cardiovascular impairment (which does not meet or equal the listings in Appendix 1). A permanent injury of the right hand limits the individual to sedentary jobs which do not require bilateral manual dexterity. None of the rules in Appendix 2 are applicable to this particular set of facts, because this individual cannot perform the full range of work defined as sedentary. Since the inability to perform jobs requiring bilateral manual dexterity significantly compromises the only range of work for which the individual is otherwise qualified (i.e., sedentary), a finding of disabled would be appropriate. Example 2: An illiterate 41 year old individual with mild mental retardation (IQ of 78) is restricted to unskilled sedentary work and cannot perform vocationally relevant past work, which had consisted of unskilled agricultural field work; his or her particular characteristics do not specifically meet any of the rules in Appendix 2, because this individual cannot perform the full range of work defined as sedentary. In light of the adverse factors which further narrow the range of sedentary work for which this individual is qualified, a finding of disabled is appropriate.

(i) While illiteracy or the inability to communicate in English may significantly limit an individual's vocational scope, the primary work functions in the bulk of unskilled work relate to working with things (rather than with data or people) and in these work functions at the unskilled level, literacy or ability to communicate in English has the least significance. Similarly the lack of relevant work experience would have little significance since the bulk of unskilled jobs require no qualifying work experience. Thus, the functional capability for a full range of sedentary work represents sufficient numbers of jobs to indicate substantial vocational scope for those individuals age 18-44 even if they are illiterate or unable to communicate in English.

 

TABLE No. 1--Residual Functional Capacity: Maximum Sustained Work Capability Limited to Sedentary Work as a Result of Severe Medically Determinable Impairment(s)

 

Rule

Age

Education

Previous Work Experience

Decision

201.01

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or Less

Unskilled or none

Disabled

201.02

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable (fn.1)

Disabled

201.03

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable (fn. 1)

Not Disabled

201.04

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work (fn. 2)

Unskilled or none

Disabled

201.05

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – provides for direct entry into skilled work (fn. 2)

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

201.06

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Disabled

201.07

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

201.08

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – provides for direct entry into skilled work (fn. 2)

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

201.09

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or Less

Unskilled or none

Disabled

201.10

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Disabled

201.11

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

201.12

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Unskilled or none

Disabled

201.13

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more – provides for direct entry into skilled work (fn. 2)

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

201.14

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Disabled

201.15

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

201.16

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more – provides for direct entry into skilled work (fn. 2)

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

201.17

Younger individual

45-49

Illiterate or unable to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Disabled

201.18

Younger individual

45-49

Limited or less - at least literate and able to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

201.19

Younger individual

45-49

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

201.20

Younger individual

45-49

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

201.21

Younger individual

45-49

High school graduate or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

201.22

Younger individual

45-49

High school graduate or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

201.23

Younger individual

18-44

Illiterate or unable to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

201.24

Younger individual

18-44

Limited or less - at least literate and able to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

201.25

Younger individual

18-44

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

201.26

Younger individual

18-44

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

201.27

Younger individual

18-44

High school graduate or more

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

201.28

Younger individual

18-44

High school graduate or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

201.29

Younger individual

18-44

High school graduate or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

 

 

FN1 See 201.00(f).

FN2 See 201.00(d).

FN3 See 201.00(g).

FN4 See 201.00(h).

 

202.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to light work as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s).

(a) The functional capacity to perform a full range of light work includes the functional capacity to perform sedentary as well as light work. Approximately 1,600 separate sedentary and light unskilled occupations can be identified in eight broad occupational categories, each occupation representing numerous jobs in the national economy. These jobs can be performed after a short demonstration or within 30 days, and do not require special skills or experience.

(b) The functional capacity to perform a wide or full range of light work represents substantial work capability compatible with making a work adjustment to substantial numbers of unskilled jobs and, thus, generally provides sufficient occupational mobility even for severely impaired individuals who are not of advanced age and have sufficient educational competencies for unskilled work.

(c) However, for individuals of advanced age who can no longer perform vocationally relevant past work and who have a history of unskilled work experience, or who have only skills that are not readily transferable to a significant range of semi-skilled or skilled work that is within the individual's functional capacity, or who have no work experience, the limitations in vocational adaptability represented by functional restriction to light work warrant a finding of disabled. Ordinarily, even a high school education or more which was completed in the remote past will have little positive impact on effecting a vocational adjustment unless relevant work experience reflects use of such education.

(d) Where the same factors in paragraph (c) of this section regarding education and work experience are present, but where age, though not advanced, is a factor which significantly limits vocational adaptability (i.e., closely approaching advanced age, 50-54) and an individual's vocational scope is further significantly limited by illiteracy or inability to communicate in English, a finding of disabled is warranted.

(e) The presence of acquired skills that are readily transferable to a significant range of semi-skilled or skilled work within an individual's residual functional capacity would ordinarily warrant a finding of not disabled regardless of the adversity of age, or whether the individual's formal education is commensurate with his or her demonstrated skill level. The acquisition of work skills demonstrates the ability to perform work at the level of complexity demonstrated by the skill level attained regardless of the individual's formal educational attainments.

(f) For a finding of transferability of skills to light work for individuals of advanced age who are closely approaching retirement age (age 60-64), there must be very little, if any, vocational adjustment required in terms of tools, work processes, work settings, or the industry.

(g) While illiteracy or the inability to communicate in English may significantly limit an individual's vocational scope, the primary work functions in the bulk of unskilled work relate to working with things (rather than with data or people) and in these work functions at the unskilled level, literacy or ability to communicate in English has the least significance. Similarly, the lack of relevant work experience would have little significance since the bulk of unskilled jobs require no qualifying work experience. The capability for light work, which includes the ability to do sedentary work, represents the capability for substantial numbers of such jobs. This, in turn, represents substantial vocational scope for younger individuals (age 18-49) even if illiterate or unable to communicate in English.

 

 

TABLE No. 2--Residual Functional Capacity: Maximum Sustained Work Capability Limited to Light Work as a Result of Severe Medically Determinable Impairment(s)

Rule

Age

Education

Previous Work Experience

Decision

202.01

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or Less

Unskilled or None

Disabled

202.02

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Disabled

202.03

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

202.04

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Unskilled or None

Disabled

202.05

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – provide for direct entry into skilled work

Unskilled or None

Not Disabled

202.06

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Disabled

202.07

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

202.08

Advanced Age

55+

High School grad or more – provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

202.09

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Illiterate or unable to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Disabled

202.10

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or less-At least literate and able to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

202.11

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

202.12

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

202.13

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

202.14

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

202.15

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High School grad or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

202.16

Younger Individual

18-44

Illiterate or unable to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

202.17

Younger Individual

18-44

Limited or less-At least literate and able to communicate in English

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

202.18

Younger Individual

18-44

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

202.19

Younger Individual

18-44

Limited or Less

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

202.20

Younger Individual

18-44

High School grad or more

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

202.21

Younger Individual

18-44

High School grad or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills not Transferable

Not Disabled

202.22

Younger Individual

18-44

High School grad or more

Skilled or semi-skilled

Skills Transferable

Not Disabled

FN1 See 202.00(f).

FN2 See 202.00(c).

 

203.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to medium work as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s). (a) The functional capacity to perform medium work includes the functional capacity to perform sedentary, light, and medium work. Approximately 2,500 separate sedentary, light, and medium occupations can be identified, each occupation representing numerous jobs in the national economy which do not require skills or previous experience and which can be performed after a short demonstration or within 30 days.

(b) The functional capacity to perform medium work represents such substantial work capability at even the unskilled level that a finding of disabled is ordinarily not warranted in cases where a severely impaired individual retains the functional capacity to perform medium work. Even the adversity of advanced age (55 or over) and a work history of unskilled work may be offset by the substantial work capability represented by the functional capacity to perform medium work. However, an individual with a marginal education and long work experience (i.e., 35 years or more) limited to the performance of arduous unskilled labor, who is not working and is no longer able to perform this labor because of a severe impairment(s), may still be found disabled even though the individual is able to do medium work.

(c) However, the absence of any relevant work experience becomes a more significant adversity for individuals of advanced age (55 and over). Accordingly, this factor, in combination with a limited education or less, militates against making a vocational adjustment to even this substantial range of work and a finding of disabled is appropriate. Further, for individuals closely approaching retirement age (60-64) with a work history of unskilled work and with marginal education or less, a finding of disabled is appropriate.

 

TABLE No. 3--Residual Functional Capacity: Maximum Sustained Work Capability Limited to Medium Work as a Result of Severe Medically Determinable Impairment(s)

 

 

Rule

Age

Education

Previous Work Experience

Decision

203.01

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

Marginal or none

Unskilled or none

Disabled

203.02

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

Limited or less

None

Disabled

203.03

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

Limited

Unskilled

Not Disabled

203.04

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.05

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.06

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

High school graduate or more

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

203.07

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.08

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.09

Closely approaching retirement age

60-64

High school graduate or more-does provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.10

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or less

None

Disabled

203.11

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or less

Unskilled

Not Disabled

203.12

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.13

Advanced Age

55+

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.14

Advanced Age

55+

High school graduate or more

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

203.15

Advanced Age

55+

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.16

Advanced Age

55+

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.17

Advanced Age

55+

High school graduate or more-does provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.18

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or less

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

203.19

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.20

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.21

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High school graduate or more

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

203.22

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.23

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.24

Closely Approaching advanced age

50-54

High school graduate or more-does provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.25

Younger Individual

18-44

Limited or less

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

203.26

Younger Individual

18-44

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.27

Younger Individual

18-44

Limited or less

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.28

Younger Individual

18-44

High school graduate or more

Unskilled or none

Not Disabled

203.29

Younger Individual

18-44

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

203.30

Younger Individual

18-44

High school graduate or more-does not provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills transferable

Not Disabled

203.31

Younger Individual

18-44

High school graduate or more-does provide for direct entry into skilled work

Skilled or semi-skilled-skills not transferable

Not Disabled

 

 

 

204.00 Maximum sustained work capability limited to heavy work (or very heavy work) as a result of severe medically determinable impairment(s). The residual functional capacity to perform heavy work or very heavy work includes the functional capability for work at the lesser functional levels as well, and represents substantial work capability for jobs in the national economy at all skill and physical demand levels. Individuals who retain the functional capacity to perform heavy work (or very heavy work) ordinarily will not have a severe impairment or will be able to do their past work--either of which would have already provided a basis for a decision of "not disabled". Environmental restrictions ordinarily would not significantly affect the range of work existing in the national economy for individuals with the physical capability for heavy work (or very heavy work). Thus an impairment which does not preclude heavy work (or very heavy work) would not ordinarily be the primary reason for unemployment, and generally is sufficient for a finding of not disabled, even though age, education, and skill level of prior work experience may be considered adverse.


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