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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 with 2 Comments »
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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  1. tree_guy says:

    Employee costs go up…demand for employees goes down.

    Enjoy your jobless recovery…and thanks Washington voters!

  2. “Employee costs go up…demand for employees goes down.”

    I know this is your pet peeve. And for marginal businesses, this is bad news for the business and their employees, many of which are working poor.

    The legislators need to get busy on some reform. Now!!!!

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