A Firm Foundation: How Insurance Supports the Economy

Key Facts: The Insurance Industry’s Contribution To The Oregon Economy

The insurance industry in Oregon 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.

Employment

U.S. Department of Commerce data show the insurance industry provided 33,589 jobs in Oregon in 2016. The Oregon insurance industry accounted for about $2.6 billion in compensation in 2016.

Gross State Product

The insurance industry contributed $4.2 billion to the Oregon gross state product (GSP) in 2015, accounting for 1.92 percent of the state GSP.

Taxes

Premium taxes paid by insurance companies in Oregon totaled $86.3 million in 2016.

Premiums

Direct premiums written by property/casualty insurance companies in Oregon totaled $6.6 billion in 2016. In addition, premiums written by life/health insurance companies totaled $6.9 billion (including life insurance, annuities, accident and health insurance, deposit type funds and other considerations).

Surplus Lines

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 Oregon surplus lines market accounted for $328.4 million in gross premiums written in 2016, according to a survey by Business Insurance.

Claims Payments

Insurance company claims payments help ensure the economic security of individuals and businesses and help sustain a number of related industries. In 2016 these payments in Oregon as measured by direct property/casualty incurred losses, were $3.6 billion. Life insurance claims and benefits payouts in Oregon totaled $5.5 billion in 2016.

Catastrophes

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 2016 there were 1,245 wildfires in Oregon which burned 219,509 acres. Oregon ranked tenth in the nation in 2016 for the number of acres burned by wildfires.

Leading Writers

Below are tables showing the state’s leading insurance companies, based on market share, and links to state by state comparison tables.

Top 10 Writers Of Commercial Insurance In Oregon By Direct Premiums Written, 2017 (1)

 

Rank Group/company Direct premiums written ($000) Market share
1 SAIF Corp. $498,522 16.1%
2 Liberty Mutual 358,059 11.6
3 Chubb Ltd. 151,350 4.9
4 Travelers Companies Inc. 138,690 4.5
5 CNA Financial Corp. 119,725 3.9
6 Farmers Insurance Group of Companies (2) 118,077 3.8
7 State Farm  81,294 2.6
8 Zurich Insurance Group (2) 79,191 2.6
9 Nationwide Mutual Group 69,300 2.2
10 Tokio Marine Group 68,307 2.2

(1) Before reinsurance transactions.
(2) Data for Farmers Insurance Group of Companies and Zurich Financial Group (which owns Farmers' management company) are reported separately by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.

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Top 10 Writers Of Homeowners Insurance In Oregon By Direct Premiums Written, 2017 (1)

 

Rank Group/company Direct premiums written ($000) Market share
1 State Farm  $184,600 22.7%
2 Farmers Insurance Group of Companies (2) 130,710 16.1
3 Liberty Mutual 105,185 13.0
4 Allstate Corp. 59,380 7.3
5 USAA Insurance Group 54,642 6.7
6 COUNTRY Financial 42,017 5.2
7 American Family Insurance Group 39,130 4.8
8 Travelers Companies Inc. 22,644 2.8
9 Nationwide Mutual Group 17,190 2.1
10 Mutual of Enumclaw  14,694 1.8

(1) Before reinsurance transactions.
(2) Data for Farmers Insurance Group of Companies and Zurich Financial Group (which owns Farmers' management company) are reported separately by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.

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Top 10 Writers Of Life Insurance And Annuity Considerations In Oregon, 2015 (1)

Rank Group/company Premiums and annuity considerations ($000) Market share
1 New York Life Insurance Group   $460,897 9.2%
2 Prudential Financial Inc.   408,915 8.2
3 Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. 324,607 6.5
4 Manulife Financial Corp.   246,618 4.9
5 Jackson National Life Group   244,117 4.9
6 American International Group (AIG)   240,771 4.8
7 Lincoln National Corp.   227,678 4.6
8 Voya Financial Inc.   208,151 4.2
9 Principal Financial Group Inc.   190,688 3.8
10 AEGON   168,230 3.4

(1) Includes life insurance, annuity considerations, deposit-type contract funds and other considerations; excludes accident and health insurance from life/health insurers. Before reinsurance transactions.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.

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Top 10 Writers Of Private Passenger Auto Insurance In Oregon By Direct Premiums Written, 2017 (1)

 

Rank Group/company Direct premiums written ($000) Market share
1 State Farm  $620,489 21.3%
2 Progressive  370,678 12.7
3 Farmers Insurance Group of Companies (2) 275,252 9.4
4 Liberty Mutual 261,291 9.0
5 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 260,828 8.9
6 Allstate Corp. 237,418 8.1
7 USAA Insurance Group 164,064 5.6
8 COUNTRY Financial 104,849 3.6
9 American Family Insurance Group 91,870 3.2
10 Nationwide Mutual Group 68,651 2.4

(1) Before reinsurance transactions.
(2) Data for Farmers Insurance Group of Companies and Zurich Financial Group (which owns Farmers' management company) are reported separately by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.

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