State officials propose 2.7 percent rise in workers' comp


The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has proposed an average 2.7 percent increase for the state’s 2014 workers’ compensation premiums.

It would be the state’s first workers’ comp increase in three years. The 2.7 percent raise represents an increase on less than two cents per hour worked, according to L&I.

Nearly 100,000 claims are filed each year through the Washington State Workers Compensation State Fund.

Comments on the proposed increase will be accepted at a series of public meetings across the state in October.

One such meeting will be held in Bellingham at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the city’s Central Library Lecture Room.

Comments can also be made in writing to Doug Stewart, Employer Services Program Manager, P. O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504-4140, or by email to

More information regarding the rates proposal is available at  Final rates will be adopted in early December and go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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