FastFact from EBRI: Retirement Plan Participation Lowest in South, West

Wage and salary workers in the South and West have the lowest participation levels in employment-based retirement plans, while workers in the upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast had the highest levels, according to a new analysis from EBRI.

Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s March 2011 Current Population Survey, EBRI finds that full-time, full-year wage and salary workers ages 21−64 in Florida had the lowest percentage participating in a retirement plan, at 43.7 percent.  In contrast, West Virginia had the highest participation level, at 64.4 percent. 

The complete FastFact from EBRI, including a state-by-state breakdown, is online here.

The complete report on retirement participation in the United States was published in the October EBRI Issue Brief, online here.

A state-by-state breakdown of the data is below.

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