DECEMBER 1988

The percentage of small companies (fewer than 100 employees) paying for health insurance has increased to 65%, but still lags well behind larger businesses. In 1986, 95% of all employees in medium and large companies participated in employer-sponsored health insurance.

The chart below shows the percentage of small companies that offer employer-sponsored health insurance.

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Type of company 1978 1985

Manufacturing 81% 83%

Wholesale 73 73

Transportation 60 73

Construction 66 73

Financial svcs. 56 65

Professional svcs. 49 62

Retail 46 58

Service 48 52

Agriculture 52 48

All companies 57 65

Source: National Federation of Independent Businesses Inc., 1985