March 2023: Labor Market Pulse

Posted by The Jacobson Group

0121Pulsev2-01The insurance labor market continued its steady growth in February with unemployment falling almost a full point to 1.4% for insurance carriers and related activities. Revised numbers for January also show the industry hit record-high employment at 2,922,000 jobs.

Amid employment growth, insurers continue to face a tight labor market. Twenty-five percent of companies report hiring has become more difficult compared to last year, according to our Semi-Annual Insurance Labor Market Study. Many insurers are reevaluating hiring requirements to offer more flexible working arrangements including hybrid and situational travel (i.e., traveling into the office once a month) options to align with candidate expectations and expand their talent pools. 
Meanwhile, industry wages were reported as 6% higher than last year, though wage growth did stall in January, likely indicating wage inflation may be slowing. 

For more insights on hiring trends and the outlook for 2023, view our infographic highlighting the results of our recent Semi-Annual Insurance Labor Market Study.


Pulse-Icons-25Unemployment for the insurance carriers and related activities sector decreased to 1.4% in February. 
Pulse-Icons-07The insurance carriers and related activities sector lost 4,200 jobs in February.
Pulse-Icons-20At roughly 2.9 million jobs, industry employment increased by approximately 35,500 jobs compared to February 2022.
Pulse-Icons-28The U.S. unemployment rate increased to 3.6% in February and the overall economy added 311,000 jobs.



  • On a year-to-year basis, January** insurance industry employment saw job increases in property and casualty (up 3.6%), TPAs (up 3.3%), agents/brokers (up 2.7%), life/health (up 1.6%), and reinsurance (up 1.4%). Meanwhile, job decreases were seen in title (down 11.6%) and claims (down 8.3%).
  • On a year-to-year basis, January** saw weekly wage increases in all categories: property and casualty (up 10.2%), life/health (up 5.8%), title (up 5.8%), TPAs (up 4.8%), agents/brokers (up 4.8%), claims (up 1.3%) and reinsurance (up 0.3%). 

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BLS Reported Adjustments: Adjusted employment numbers for January show the industry saw an increase of 1,700 jobs, compared to the previously reported decrease of 5,100 jobs.** The BLS continues to revise numbers to be most accurate, which may contribute to inconsistencies, depending on when reports were pulled.

*The BLS made its annual revisions on February 3, adjusting current employment statistics numbers for the past five years.

**The BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey report and reports on wages and employment for the industry category are only available for two months prior.

The source for the data represented in PULSE is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Insurance data is derived from the insurance carriers and related activities sector.