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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%.