The average cost for private-sector health insurance benefits in March was up 4.4 percent over last year, according to new figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Those current costs ranged from 85 cents per hour for service workers to $3.52 for management, professional and related occupations, according to the BLS.
Among specific occupational categories, employer costs ranged from $2.08 for sales and office occupations; about $2.80 for natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations; and $2.72 for production, transportation and material moving occupations.
The cost of health insurance benefits for union workers averaged $5.54 per hour compared to $2.04 for nonunion workers, according to the BLS. Last March, those costs were $5.23 per hour compared to $1.97.
Establishments with fewer than 100 workers averaged $1.65 per hour worked, while those with 100 to 499 employees averaged $2.61 and those with more than 500 averaged $4.