The number of employees in the private sector receiving health benefits from their jobs reached 69 percent in March, up from 67 percent in 2017 – the first rise since 2012.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in March these findings:
- 55 percent of private industry workers in small establishments (those with fewer than 100 employees) 83 percent of workers in medium-size establishments (those employing between 100 and 499 workers) and 88 percent of workers in large establishments (those with 500 employees or more) were offered medical care benefits.
- In state and local government, medical care benefits were available to 85 percent of workers in small establishments, 86 percent of workers in medium-size establishments, and 92 percent of workers in large establishments.
- For union workers, access to medical care benefits was 94 percent
Share of premiums paid by employer and employee for family coverage reveal and that those employed by state and local government have the best rate of premium share.
Private Industry Workers:
State & Local Government:
U.S. unemployment fell to 4.1 percent in March and declined to 4 percent in June, near the lowest rate in 18 years.
Economist Andrew Chamberlain of Glassdoor told The Wall Street Journal,
It’s likely tied to today’s strong labor market. With workers in a stronger bargaining position and employers doing whatever they can to attract scarce talent.
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