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Black workers are an estimated 50% more likely to be staying in their current job for the health benefits than are their white counterparts. (Photo: Shutterstock)

One in six U.S. employees remain in jobs they don’t like because of the fear of losing health benefits.

“Approximately 158 million people, or more than half of the U.S. adult population, receive health insurance via their own employer or the employer of a household member,” according to a report from Gallup and West Health. “As such, the 16% of workers who are remaining in their jobs for the sake of their benefits will frequently extend to other individuals other than themselves, bolstering their reluctance to seek out other work. The higher levels of these sentiments among Black workers and those in lower-income households underscores the disproportionate role that employment plays in needed health coverage for some Americans.”

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