L&I Director Judy Schurke said that the slow economy has increased workers comp costs. But she said the state has been able to hold the rate down through cost-cutting measures.
Mondays rate announcement is months later than usual because of the campaign over Initiative 1082, which would have allowed private insurers to sell workers comp and changed the way rates are calculated.
L&I didnt propose new rates before the election, saying it would have been too confusing to change them if I-1082 was approved. The agency also said it didnt want to affect the election.
Voters defeated I-1082 last week.