Massachusetts Firm Foundation
KEY FACTS: THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE MASSACHUSETTS ECONOMY
The insurance industry in Massachusetts 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 80,564 jobs in Massachusetts in 2014. The Massachusetts insurance industry accounted for about $7.9 billion in compensation in 2014.
GROSS STATE PRODUCT
The insurance industry contributed $13.2 billion to the Massachusetts gross state product (GSP) in 2013, accounting for 3.02 percent of the state GSP.
All insurance companies pay a state tax based on their premiums. Other payments are made to states for licenses and fees, income and property taxes, sales and use taxes, unemployment compensation taxes and franchise taxes. Premium taxes paid by insurance companies in Massachusetts totaled $346.8 million in 2014.
Direct premiums written by property/casualty insurance companies in Massachusetts totaled $13.2 billion in 2014. In addition, premiums written by life/health insurance companies totaled $18.6 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 Massachusetts surplus lines market accounted for $799.2 million in gross premiums written in 2014, 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 2014 these payments in Massachusetts as measured by direct property/casualty incurred losses, were $6.5 billion. Life insurance claims and benefits payouts in Massachusetts totaled $14.7 billion in 2014, 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. Massachusetts was one of 14 states affected by August 2011’s Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Ike in 2008. Irene impacted 14 states, causing a total of $4.3 billion in insured property damage, according to ISO, not including flood losses covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). A study by AIR Worldwide put the insured value of coastal areas in Massachusetts at $849.6 billion in 2012, accounting for 54 percent of the state’s total insured property exposure. The state is also prone to wildfires.
LEADING WRITERS OF LIFE INSURANCE AND ANNUITY CONSIDERATIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS, 2014 (1)
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