The Bureau of Labor Statistics has confirmed what benefits brokers have been saying all along: The group benefits market looks pretty stable this year, and new state and local laws have led to rapid improvement in paid sick leave benefits.

The bureau, an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor, gave a statistical snapshot of the benefits market Friday in a new batch of data from the National Compensation Survey program. The bureau received responses from 8,175 civilian employers of all sizes, including 6,728 commercial employers and 1,447 civilian employers.

The current batch of data includes a peek at employers health plans, retirement plan, life insurance benefits and paid-leave programs. A copy of the release is available here.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. 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 through X at @Think_Allison.