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KEY FACTS: THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE FLORIDA ECONOMY
The insurance industry in Florida has a significant impact on the state’s economy that extends well beyond its responsibilities to collect premiums and settle claims. It employs licensed professionals, pays taxes, owns municipal bonds and serves people in their times of greatest need.
U.S. Department of Commerce data show the insurance industry provided 212,509 jobs in Florida in 2015. The Florida insurance industry accounted for about $14.5 billion in compensation in 2015.
GROSS STATE PRODUCT
The insurance industry contributed $22.7 billion to the Florida gross state product (GSP) in 2014, accounting for 2.72 percent of the state GSP.
Premium taxes paid by insurance companies in Florida totaled $690.2 million in 2015.
Direct premiums written by property/casualty insurance companies in Florida totaled $44.9 billion in 2015. In addition, premiums written by life/health insurance companies totaled $45.3 billion (including life insurance, annuities, accident and health insurance, deposit type funds and other considerations).
The surplus lines market, a group of highly specialized insurers, exists to provide coverage that is not available through licensed insurers in the standard insurance market. For the many thousands of businesses that rely on some level of surplus line protection to keep their doors open, surplus lines is an important segment of the market. The Florida surplus lines market accounted for $4.9 billion in gross premiums written in 2015, according to a survey by Business Insurance.
Insurance company claims payments help ensure the economic security of individuals and businesses and help sustain a number of related industries. In 2015 these payments in Florida as measured by direct property/casualty incurred losses, were $22.0 billion. Life insurance claims and benefits payouts in Florida totaled $31.8 billion in 2015, on a direct basis before reinsurance, and includes life insurance, death benefits, matured endowments, annuity benefits and other life insurance benefits. Does not include accident and health.
The insurance industry plays a vital role in helping individuals and businesses prepare for and recover from the potentially devastating effects of a disaster such as a catastrophic hurricane or storm or wildfire. The total value of insured coastal property in Florida was $2.9 trillion in 2012, accounting for 79 percent of the state’s total insurance property exposure, according to AIR Worldwide Corporation. Seven of the 10 costliest hurricanes in U.S. history have impacted Florida. Six of the storms affecting Florida occurred within just two years: 2004 and 2005. In addition, Florida ranked eighth in the nation for wildfires in 2015, with 2,422 fires. It ranked tenth by number of acres burned with 73,432 acres.
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STATE BY STATE COMPARISON TABLES
- Surplus Lines
- Gross State Product
- State Taxes
- Insurance Companies By State
- Catastrophes By State
- Residual Markets
- Captives By State
- Incurred Losses By State
- Insured Cars By State
- Insured Homes By State
- Businesses By State