The insurance industry provides nearly 51,000 jobsi n Washington with about a $3.2 billion payroll, according to the Northwest Insurance Council and Insurance Information Institute.
In their latest report, “A Firm Foundation: How Insurance Supports the Washington State Economy,” the NIC and III said premiums by property/casualty companies totaled $9.1 billion in 2008. Life/health companies’ premiums were slightly higher at $10.7 billion.
Insurers paid $415 million in premium taxes in 2007.
The report includes state-by-state comparisons of taxes, number of companies, and natural disaster data. For example, Washington in 2008 had the seventh-highest number of acres burned by wildfires.
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