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Employment Benefits: Summary & Data Highlights

The proportion of Washington companies offering health insurance benefits to employees declined between 2004 and 2011.

Employer-provided benefits can make a crucial difference in meeting the needs of workers and their families.  Family-friendly benefits include health care; child care; flexible schedules; telecommuting; retirement; paid sick leave, vacation, and holidays.

Although data about most benefits are available only at the state level, about a third of Washington’s workforce – and 41% of non-farm employees – live in King County.

Standard Benefits


Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of King County working adults who participated in an employer-sponsored telecommuting program more than doubled – from 5% to 12%.

Employer-Provided, On-Site Child Care


"I volunteer once a week at my son’s school, and I see so many kids being sent to school terribly sick…the nurse has to call, and has to get the parent out of work. And the parent comes and says, 'Yeah, I knew she was sick, but I just couldn’t take a day.' "
Stay-at-home mother volunteering at her son’s special needs school.