Statistics gathered in September 2007 by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) show that state and local government spends more on employee benefit programs than the private-sector.

In September of 2007, benefit spending for the private sector was $7.66 per employee per hour worked, while in state and local government programs it was $13.24. In providing voluntary benefits of heathcare and retirement savings, the private sector spent only $1.85 and 92 cents, respectively, while the state and local sector spent $4.35 and $3.04.

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