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L&I workers’ compensation premium-rate increases in ink at an average 12 percent

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Jan. 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
January 28, 2011 5:43 pm

Employers of the 26 workers who manufacture explosives in Washington will pay a composite base rate of $1.7612 per hour for each employee in workers’ compensation premiums in 2011.

That’s up 12 percent from last year.

Greenhouse and mushroom farm workers, up 5 percent. Fish hatchery employees, up 8 percent.

The state Department of Labor & Industries announced Friday it had made permanent the emergency premium increases to workers’ compensation rates that took effect Jan. 1.

Bridge constructors; up 20 percent. Plumbers, up 18 percent.

Typically, in the 2011 premium list, the costs to full-time employees have gone down while the costs paid by employers have increased.

Blacksmiths, up 8 percent. Fruit packers, up 2 percent.

The average increase in Washington is 12 percent, said L&I in a release Friday.

Traveling carnivals and circuses, up 10 percent. Domestic servants, up 14 percent. Automobile dealers, up 16 percent. Restaurants and taverns, up 6 percent.

Newspaper publishers, up 14 percent.

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