Thursday, June 30, 2011

Though Wisconsin Remains Above the National Average

Fewer Wisconsin jobs offer health insurance benefits, study finds. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 6/29/2011)

Excerpt: But the report shows a disturbing trend for Wisconsin:

The number of people under 65 in households with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level - $44,700 for a family of four - increased about 5% in Wisconsin in the past decade.

The number of people in households with higher incomes - $89,400 for a family of four - fell about 5% in Wisconsin in the same period.

Both trends were roughly in line with the national average - though the drop in people with higher incomes was greater in Wisconsin than in the country overall.

The state also saw one of the sharpest drops in the nation in terms of the number of employers offering health insurance. Essentially all of the change came from employers with fewer than 50 workers

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