New Census Bureau health insurance figures show that the number of U.S. residents in employer-sponsored plans fell 0.9% between 2009 and 2010, to about 169 million.

The number fell of people in private employer-sponsored plans was down from about 171 million the year before, and the share of U.S. residents covered by private employer-sponsored plans fell to 55.3% in 2010, down from 56.1% the year before.

The percentage of the 306 million U.S. residents who had no health coverage at all increased to 16.1%, from 16.3%.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.