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America’s paltry nest egg: 55% of workers offered no retirement plan

Only 45% of workers participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. That's why a handful of states like Oregon are launching programs that automatically enroll workers in a plan that diverts 5% of their earnings into an individual retirement account. Employees can opt out of the plan, or adjust their contribution.

Why it matters

: Social Security

pays

on average just $1,369 per month, making self-directed savings necessary for seniors to enjoy a middle class standard of living. But most workers don't save and many have no access to employer sponsored plan.

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