Insurance Job Losses Continue As National Employment Grows
By Sean P. Carr, Washington Bureau Manager
April 01, 2011
The U.S. insurance industry lost 1,700 jobs in March, continuing a long-term decline as the overall economy gained 216,000 jobs during the month, according to the latest employment report released by the
Industry job losses in February, previously determined to be 3,600 jobs, were revised to 5,000.
Overall, the bureau showed a gain of 216,000 jobs in March, with a downtick in the unemployment rate to 8.8% from 8.9%. Hiring in professional and businesses services accounted for 78,000 jobs.
Total insurance industry payrolls are reported each month on a seasonably adjusted basis, along with the current month's nonfarm payrolls. Separately, data by industry segment -- broken out by various insurance carrier and noncarrier categories -- are available only on an unadjusted basis for the prior month.
Based on just-released
All insurance sectors other than title insurance continued to see increases in weekly wages: life insurance,
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