Issue 4 of the Workers’ Compensation Resources Research Report (WCRRR) examines the employers’ costs of workers’ compensation based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Part I provides information on the national costs of workers’ compensation from 1986 to 2011. For employers in the private sector, costs dropped for the sixth year in a row and were 1.88 percentage of payroll in 2011. For all non-federal government employees, the employers’ costs of workers’ compensation were 1.84 percent of payroll, continuing a six-year trend of declining costs. Part II of the WCRRR provides data on the differences in the employers’ costs of workers’ compensation due to factors such as geographical location, industry, union status, and occupations of the firm’s employees. The variations of workers’ compensation costs among industries were significant, ranging from 5.25 percent of payroll in construction to 0.61 percent of payroll in the financial industry.
The WCRRR is edited by John F. Burton, Jr. Additional information about Issue 4 and an order form are available at www.workerscompresources.com