The percentage of Washington companies offering health insurance to employees decreased 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.
- In Washington State, the percentage of private firms offering health insurance has declined for both full-time and part-time employees.
- At the same time, Washington employees lucky enough to have health insurance paid more for it, and took on a greater share of the costs. For full-time employees, from 2006 to 2011…
- … average monthly health insurance premiums increased from $355 to $436 (23%).
- … employers’ average contributions to these premiums dropped from 89.1% to 86.9%.
- … employees’ average monthly contributions increased from $38.70 to $57.12 (a 48% increase).
- Premiums and employee contributions are also increasing nationally. From 2000 to 2010 …
- … premiums for family coverage increased by 114%.
- … employee contributions for family coverage increased by 147%.