National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in State and Local Governments in the United States, September 2007

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Eighty-nine percent of workers in state and local government had access to employer-sponsored retirement benefits in September 2007. 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. (See table 1.)

Eighty-seven percent of workers had access to medical care plans, greater than access to dental care (55 percent) and vision care (38 percent). Over four of five workers with access to a plan participated in the medical, dental, or vision plan offered by their employer. This summary presents information on the incidence and key provisions of these and other employee benefit plans by a variety of worker and establishment characteristics. (See table 5.)

The summary is the first release of data on benefits in state and local government since 1998. The National Compensation Survey (NCS) has been undergoing significant restructuring and changes in its approach to collecting, tabulating, and presenting its data. The NCS will begin publishing benefits data on the civilian economy every year, with separate estimates available for private industry and state and local government and for a variety of employer, employee, and geographic characteristics. Data for March 2008 will be available later this year.

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