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Colorado ranked 9th most vulnerable state for essential workers

Posted at 2:30 PM, Aug 16, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — This pandemic has created trying times for so many families just trying to stay afloat, but if you don't have health insurance, rebounding from COVID can be that much harder.

According to the state labor department, essential workers make up about 42 percent of the total workforce in the Colorado. 81 percent of employers in the state offer health insurance.

A recent study conducted by Quote Wizard, found that essential workers have an uninsured rate of 13 percent, compared to 8 percent of nonessential workers.

"This is really a large national issue, explained Adam Johnson, a Research Analyst for the company. "Essential workers are right on the front lines, exposed to the Coronavirus, and there are some disparities in the ways that they are able to be cared for and insured."

In Colorado, restaurant, construction and home health industries have the highest rates of uninsured workers and low wage jobs. The state as a whole ranks ninth when it comes to employers offering health insurance.

Quote Wizard looked at health insurance data and found states like Hawaii, Alabama and Illinois, have a high rate of essential workers and a high rate of employers offering health insurance.

States like Wyoming, Arkansas and Wisconsin, also have a high rate of essential workers but low levels of employer health insurance.

For more on this study, click here.