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KEY FACTS: THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE WASHINGTON ECONOMY
The insurance industry in Washington State 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 55,526 jobs in Washington in 2015. The Washington insurance industry accounted for about $4.2 billion in compensation in 2015.
GROSS STATE PRODUCT
The insurance industry contributed $6.5 billion to the Washington gross state product (GSP) in 2014, accounting for 1.54 percent of the state GSP.
Premium taxes paid by insurance companies in Washington totaled $556.0 million in 2015.
Direct premiums written by property/casualty insurance companies in Washington totaled $10.6 billion in 2015. In addition, premiums written by life/health insurance companies totaled $11.8 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 Washington surplus lines market accounted for $763.2 million 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 Washington as measured by direct property/casualty incurred losses, were $6.4 billion. Life insurance claims and benefits payouts in Washington totaled $8.3 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. In 2015 Washington ranked second in the nation for the number acres burned by wildfires, with 1,137,664 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