Power Breakfast: Employee health costs rising, Ga. jobless, PSC, Ted’s, Delta, GM, Ford

Atlanta employers were facing a 10 percent bump in employee health benefits costs for next year, but most softened the blow by making changes in their health programs, AJC staffer Carrie Teegardin reports.

The global consulting firm Mercer said Wednesday that metro Atlanta employers now expect a 6.3 percent bump in per-employee health benefit costs in 2011, after modifying benefits to lower the costs of coverage, Teegardin writes.

Atlanta’s projected increase, based on Mercer’s survey of 37 large and medium-size employers, was on par with the national average. Nationally, Mercer surveyed more than 2,800 employers.

Next year’s increase will push the average per-employee cost of health benefits to about $9,600 for Atlanta employers in the survey, Teegardin writes.

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Road Scholar

November 18th, 2010
8:07 am

Boy, I am really impressed with the GA Repub legislature’s jobs program. I mean all those business tax breaks has opened the floodgate to all those jobs!


November 18th, 2010
9:31 am

I am very sorry to hear about TED’S closing certain locations.


If you guys want your core customer, and even casual diners, to feel more comfortable in your restaurants and return more often, you guys need to stop skimping on the soda refills AND provide larger soft drink glasses & servings in the first place.

Whenever I dine at TED’S, I almost always have to go to QuikTrip afterwards to get another beverage to wash down all the sodium from my delicious bison meal that leaves me thirsting.


November 18th, 2010
2:30 pm

Ever considered drinking water? The more expensive the restaurant, the smaller the meal. But Ted is one of a kind and we should all wish him well.

So what else is new? The 91.1% that remain employed and we retirees are going to have to continue to kick in a little more. I imagine many have retired a little earlier than planned and will remain out of the job market.


November 18th, 2010
2:31 pm

How does QT sell those delicious drinks so cheaply?