A few local government employers have been phasing out group health benefits.
Analysts at Cobalt Community Research have reported that finding in a summary of results from a survey of about 2,330 local units of government.
One discovery the analysts made is that government employers are not necessarily large employers. Although 21 percent of the participating units had more than 100 employees, 48 percent had 10 or fewer employees.
Government employers have traditionally had a reputation for offering stable jobs and good benefits, and the analysts found that the weak economy has shaken those employers’ ability to live up to that reputation.
In 2011, 18 percent of the government employers reported their revenue had fallen 6 percent or more.