Effective July first, injured workers in North Dakota will start receiving larger benefit checks.
Workforce Safety and Insurance says workers and their surviving spouses will receive a 4.1 percent cost-of-living adjustment. The new maximum benefit will be $1143 per week.
"With this increase, over the last couple of years, injured workers have received a 25 percent increase in their benefits," said WSI director Bryan Klipfel. "That's very good."
Klipfel also says more than 19-thousand North Dakota employers will also be receiving a 39 percent premium dividend credit. That amounts to $125 million.
"We (WSI) have been very responsible in investing the money that we have," said Klipfel. "Because of the rate of return, we have a good surplus."
Klipfel says it’s a reflection of North Dakota’s vibrant economy.