July 06, 2007
Among the four regions, the average cost to employers in private industry for health insurance benefits ranged from $1.59 per hour in the South to $2.04 per hour in the Northeast in March 2007.
Health care costs were $1.96 in the Midwest and $1.87 in the West.
The proportion of total compensation represented by health benefits was 6.7 percent in the West, 6.9 percent in the South and Northeast, and 7.8 percent in the Midwest.
Nationwide, the average cost for health insurance benefits in private industry was $1.83 per hour worked (7.1 percent of total compensation).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Health benefit costs by region on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jul/wk1/art04.htm (visited May 23, 2013).
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