Private Pension Underfunding at Record Levels [Chart of the Week]

Each Saturday, #we publish our Chart of the Week. It presents interesting trends and data, usually related to the U.S. labor market.

2012-07-21 - Underfunded Pensions

Pension funding chart courtesy of ZeroHedge blog.

This week’s chart shows private pension funding compared to the S&P 500 and comes courtesy of the ZeroHedge blog:

…according to a¬†recent S&P study,¬†private companies are at record levels of pension under-funding. Fiscal 2011 shows that the under-funded level for S&P 500 companies’ defined pensions reached an epic $354.7 billion – an increase of over $100 billion from 2010 and surpassing the 2008 record of $308.4 billion – and OPEB under-funding reached $223.4 billion.

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