Mississippi Firm Foundation
KEY FACTS: THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE MISSISSIPPI ECONOMY
The insurance industry in Mississippi 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 18,656 jobs in Mississippi in 2014. The Mississippi insurance industry accounted for about $847.7 million in compensation in 2014.
GROSS STATE PRODUCT
The insurance industry contributed $1.6 billion to the Mississippi gross state product (GSP) in 2013, accounting for 1.54 percent of the state GSP.
Premium taxes paid by insurance companies in Mississippi totaled $263.8 million in 2014.
Direct premiums written by property/casualty insurance companies in Mississippi totaled $4.8 billion in 2014. In addition, premiums written by life/health insurance companies totaled $4.7 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 Mississippi surplus lines market accounted for $361.4 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 Mississippi as measured by direct property/casualty incurred losses, were $2.7 billion. Life insurance claims and benefits payouts in Mississippi totaled $2.6 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. The total value of insured coastal property in Mississippi was $60.6 billion in 2012, accounting for 13 percent of the state’s total insurance property exposure, according to AIR Worldwide Corporation. Three of the 10 costliest hurricanes in U.S. history have impacted Mississippi: hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Mississippi is also prone to tornadoes. It ranked fifth in 2015 with 63 tornadoes.
LEADING WRITERS OF LIFE INSURANCE AND ANNUITY CONSIDERATIONS IN MISSISSIPPI, 2014 (1)
Top 10 Writers Of Private Passenger Auto Insurance In Mississippi By Direct Premiums Written, 2015 (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