Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BUSINESS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]

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'12 family health premiums rise is below U.S. normal

Family health insurance premiums rose 4 percent this year, according to a survey of employers released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That's lower than the 2011 increase and half of what the U.S. has become accustomed to over the last decade, an average annual 8 percent increase in health premiums. The reason for the drop was because of continued tepid utilization -- people use less health care when the economy is struggling. Employer-sponsored family plan premiums averaged $15,745, while individual employee plans averaged $5,615.

Royal Philips to cut jobs in plan to save $383M

Royal Philips, parent company of Murrysville-based Philips Respironics, has announced plans to eliminate 2,200 jobs worldwide in an initiative to "decrease inefficiency and complexity" while saving the company an estimated $383 million. Philips North America spokeswoman Amy Shanler said Tuesday that she could not offer specifics about which jobs will be eliminated "except to say these will be realized across all Philips businesses. ... Over the next few weeks, we will work to provide more details to the appropriate stakeholders and share further announcements as soon as we can."

Boingo to offer hot spot at Pittsburgh International

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless will launch its free Wi-Fi platform at 15 national airports, including Pittsburgh International Airport, this week. The hot spots are part of Boingo's Cloud Nine Media platform, which allows advertisers to sponsor hot spots. Wi- Fi users using Android phones and tablets and Windows and Macintosh laptops will be able to access Boingo Wi-Fi through Google music service Google Play. The promotion will last through the end of the month.

Job hunt more competitive as less positions available

Job openings fell to a seasonally adjusted 3. …

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