Lack of Insurance Leaves State’s Workers in Unhealthy Position

San Diego Business Journal, 7/16/07 |

Slightly less than half – 49 percent – of all California workers receive health insurance from their employers, according to a Mission Valley-based research group.

The Center on Policy Initiatives made the announcement last week after analyzing a survey of 45,000 households statewide.

Almost 5 million California workers are dependent on publicly funded health programs or completely uninsured, according to the study.

The nonprofit reported that the hotel and restaurant industry was the least likely to provide coverage, with only 20 percent of workers getting health insurance through their employer. In contrast, 74 percent of public administration workers are provided coverage by their employers.

The list of 17 job categories and the percentages of workers who have coverage from their employers includes: education 62 percent; manufacturing 59 percent; health care and social assistance 53 percent; real estate 31 percent; and administrative support 28 percent. Figures for California regions, such as San Diego County, were not included in the report.

“The Working Uninsured: An Analysis of Worker Health Coverage Among California Industries” is available at

In addition to studying results from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey, the Mission Valley center drew information from the state’s Employment Development Department.