June 29, 2004
Workers in occupations averaging $15 an hour or more were in a much better position with respect to access to benefits than were those in occupations averaging under $15 in March 2003.
The difference was particularly striking in rates of access to long-term disability insurance. Only 17 percent of those earning under $15 had access to such coverage, compared with half of those in the higher earnings category.
With regard to short-term disability insurance, 29 percent of those earning less than $15 per hour had access to this benefit, while 53 percent of those earning more than $15 per hour had access.
Among all workers, 30 percent had access to long-term disability insurance, and 39 percent had access to short-term disability insurance.
These data are from the BLS National Compensation Survey program. Learn more in "National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in Private Industry in the United States, March 2003" (PDF), Summary 04-02.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Access to disability insurance benefits in March 2003 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/jun/wk5/art02.htm (visited April 21, 2015).
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