Goode v. Commissioner of Social Security, No. 18-14771 (11th Cir. 2020)Annotate this Case
The Eleventh Circuit vacated the district court's order affirming the denial of plaintiff's application for benefits under the Social Security Act. The court agreed with plaintiff that substantial evidence does not support the ALJ's finding that plaintiff could perform a job that exists in significant numbers in the national economy. The court held that the vocational expert's testimony as to available jobs, on which the ALJ relied, was significantly and admittedly flawed.
In this case, the vocational expert used the wrong Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) group code to determine whether there are a significant number of jobs in the national economy that plaintiff could perform. Furthermore, even if the court overlooked this foundational problem, the numbers that the vocational expert cited from the wrong SOC group code substantially overstated the number of available bakery worker jobs that plaintiff could perform. Accordingly, the court remanded for further proceedings.