March 26, 2008
In State and local government, 89 percent of workers had access to employer-sponsored retirement benefits in September 2007.
Access to retirement benefits varied by worker characteristics such as work schedule (full vs. part time), union status, and earnings. Full-time workers, union workers, and those in occupations with average earnings of $15 an hour and above had higher rates of coverage for retirement benefits.
Almost three times as many workers had access to defined benefit plans (83 percent) than to defined contribution plans (29 percent). Nearly all workers (96 percent) who had access to a defined benefit retirement plan chose to participate in it, whereas only 63 percent of workers with access to defined contribution plans chose to enroll in them.
These data are from the BLS National Compensation Survey. Learn more in "National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in State and Local Governments in the United States, September 2007," (PDF) Summary 08-02, March 2008.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Retirement benefits of State and local government workers on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/mar/wk4/art03.htm (visited November 27, 2015).
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