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Good Graph Friday: Where the health insurance is

The unemployment report released Friday reaffirms the notion that most Americans likely can’t afford to be picky when deciding to take a job.But if your goal is to get health insurance along with a paycheck, it pays to at least narrow down the profession you search in.A report released this week from by the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows that the recession has taken a toll on American
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The unemployment report released Friday reaffirms the notion that most Americans likely can’t afford to be picky when deciding to take a job.

But if your goal is to get health insurance along with a paycheck, it pays to at least narrow down the profession you search in.

A report released this week from by the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows that the recession has taken a toll on Americans’ overall ability to get health insurance through their job. The total percentage of Americans under age 65 who receive health insurance through a workplace fell to 59 percent in 2009, and has been declining steadily since 2000.

But not all occupations are created equal when it comes to getting a paycheck and health care coverage. Not surprisingly, people who work in managerial and professional jobs are most likely to have health care coverage from their employer, while those in farming or fishing occupations are least likely to have that benefit.