Insurance PPIs up in 2001

October 29, 2002

The Producer Price Index for property and casualty insurance moved up 3.7 percent for the 12 months ended December 2001, due partially to rising prices for private passenger automobile insurance and homeowner’s insurance.

Percent change in Producer Price Index for net output in selected insurance industries, 1999-2001
[Chart data—TXT]

Private passenger automobile insurance advanced 5.9 percent in 2001, with significant increases in California and Florida. In Florida, cases of automobile insurance fraud are currently being investigated as causes for rising premiums.

Prices for homeowner’s insurance rose 5.1 percent in 2001, with large gains in California, Florida, and Texas. The gain in prices resulted from an increase in claims surrounding mold problems that arise in warm climates after water damage.

The price index for the life insurance carriers industry also rose in 2001. The index was up 1.4 percent in 2001, following declines of 0.3 percent and 0.6 percent in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

These data are from the BLS Producer Price Index program. Learn more in "Producer price highlights during 2001," by William F. Snyders, Jon Weinhagen, and Amy Popick, Monthly Labor Review, July 2002.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Insurance PPIs up in 2001 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/oct/wk4/art02.htm (visited August 20, 2014).

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