U.S. workers tend to put more emphasis on short-term financial fears than on income protection insurance.

Executives at Assurant Employee Benefits, Kansas City, Mo., a unit of Assurant Inc., New York, have published that finding in a summary of results from a March telephone survey of 1,001 U.S. workers ages 18 and older.

About 51% said the top financial concern they would face if they lost a job would be the inability to pay for housing, and 25% said a medical emergency or accident would be the top concern,

Only 7% said losing disability insurance would be the top concern, Assurant executives report.

Assurant will be an active participant in Disability Insurance Awareness Month, an industry marketing effort that will take place in May.