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Workers Compensation: Overview & Outlook for New York and US Markets. AmComp New York Seminar New York, NY September 24, 2012 Download at www.iii.org/presentations. Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU, President & Economist

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    1. Workers Compensation:Overview & Outlook for New York and US Markets AmComp New York Seminar New York, NY September 24, 2012 Download at www.iii.org/presentations Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU, President & Economist Insurance Information Institute  110 William Street  New York, NY 10038 Tel: 212.346.5520  Cell: 917.453.1885  bobh@iii.org  www.iii.org

    2. Economic Overview & Outlook Growth Opportunities for Business and Insurers Are Uneven But Exist Workers Comp Exposure Up America’s Manufacturing Renaissance?Construction Activity About to Turn? 3

    3. US Real GDP Growth* The Q4:2008 decline was the steepest since the Q1:1982 drop of 6.8% Real GDP Growth (%) Recession began in Dec. 2007. Economic toll of credit crunch, housing slump, labor market contraction has been severe but modest recovery is underway 2012 is expected to see slow growth lasting into 2013; Fed’s QE3 could push 2013 GDP up 0.2% Demand for Insurance Continues To Be Impacted by Sluggish Economic Conditions, but the Benefits of Even Slow Growth Will Compound and Gradually Benefit the Economy Broadly * Estimates/Forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. Source: US Department of Commerce, Blue Economic Indicators 9/12; Insurance Information Institute.

    4. Real GDP Growth: New York State vs. US NY State’s economy has grown at a similar pace to the US overall since 1998 Real GDP Growth (%) Average 1998-2011 US: 2.2% NY: 2.1% NY State Did Well During the Tech Bubble Years of the Late 1990s and Mid-2000s Until the Financial Collapse Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis; Insurance Information Institute.

    5. Percent Change in Real GDP by State, 2011 NY has not been a growth leader Growth varied considerably across states but in total was weak in 2011 with US overall growth at just 1.7% Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis at http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/gsp_glance.htm ;Insurance Information Institute.

    6. New Private Housing Starts, 1990-2022F New home starts plunged 72% from 2005-2009; A net annual decline of 1.49 million units, lowest since records began in 1959 (Millions of Units) Job growth, improved credit market conditions and demographics will eventually boost home construction The plunge and lack of recovery in homebuilding and in construction in general is holding back payroll exposure growth Little Exposure Growth Likely for Homeowners Insurers Until at least 2014. Also Affects Commercial Insurers with Construction Risk Exposure, Surety Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; Blue Chip Economic Indicators (10/11 and 8/12); Insurance Information Institute.

    7. Construction Employment,Jan. 2010—August 2012* Construction employment is still below where it was in Jan. 2010. In a normal recovery, construction employment would be growing robustly (Thousands) *Seasonally adjusted Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://data.bls.gov; Insurance Information Institute. 9 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    8. Oil & Gas Extraction Employment,Jan. 2010—August 2012* (Thousands) Oil and gas extraction employment is up 26.3% since Jan. 2010 as the energy sector booms. Domestic energy production is essential to any robust economic recovery in the US. *Seasonally adjusted Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://data.bls.gov; Insurance Information Institute. 10 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    9. Value of Construction Put in Place, June 2012 vs. July 2011* Growth (%) Private: +15.0% Public: -0.7% Private sector construction activity is up in both the residential and nonresidential segments Public sector construction activity remains depressed Overall Construction Activity is Up, But Growth Is Entirely in the Private Sector as State/Local Government Budget Woes Continue *seasonally adjustedSource: U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/c30index.html ; Insurance Information Institute.

    10. Value of Private Construction Put in Place, by Segment, June 2012 vs. July 2011* Led by the Lodging and Power industries, Private sector construction activity is up by double digits in many segments after plunging during the “Great Recession” Growth (%) Private Construction Activity is Up in Most Segments, Including Residential Construction but Led by Power *seasonally adjustedSource: U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/c30index.html ; Insurance Information Institute.

    11. Value of Public Construction Put in Place, by Segment, June 2012 vs. July 2011* Public sector construction activity is down substantially in many segments Growth (%) Public Construction Activity is Up Down in Many Segments as State, City and County Budgets Remain Under Stress *seasonally adjustedSource: U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/c30index.html ; Insurance Information Institute.

    12. ISM Manufacturing Index (Values > 50 Indicate Expansion) January 2010 through August 2012 Manufacturing activity contracted in June for the first time in nearly 3 years, but a resumption of expansion is possible The manufacturing sector expanded for 34 consecutive months until June 2012 and added jobs. The question is whether this will continue. Source: Institute for Supply Management at http://www.ism.ws/ismreport/mfgrob.cfm; Insurance Information Institute.

    13. Auto/Light Truck Sales, 1999-2022F New auto/light truck sales fell to the lowest level since the late 1960s. Forecast for 2012-13 is still far below 1999-2007 average of 17 million units, but a recovery is underway. (Millions of Units) Job growth and improved credit market conditions will boost auto sales in 2012 and beyond Car/Light Truck Sales Will Continue to Recover from the 2009 Low Point, Bolstering the Auto Insurer Growth and the Manufacturing Sector. Source: U.S. Department of Commerce; Blue Chip Economic Indicators (10/11 and 8/12); Insurance Information Institute.

    14. Dollar Value* of Manufacturers’ Shipments Monthly, Jan. 1992—July 2012 $ Millions ENERGY INTENSIVE The value of Manufacturing Shipments in July 2012 was up 32% to $479B from its June 2009 trough. June figure is only 1.3% below its previous record high in July 2008. Monthly shipments are nearly back to peak (in July 2008, 8 months into the recession). Trough in May 2009. Growth from trough to July 2012 was 35%. Manufacturing is an energy intensive activity and growth leads to gains in many commercial exposures: WC, Commercial Auto, Marine, Property and Various Liability Coverages *seasonally adjustedSource: U.S. Census Bureau, Full Report on Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders, http://www.census.gov/manufacturing/m3/ 16 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    15. Manufacturing Growth for Selected Sectors, 2012 vs. 2011* Growth (%) Non-Durables: +2.4% Durables: +8.8% Manufacturing of durable goods has been especially strong in 2012 Manufacturing Is Expanding Across a Wide Range of Sectors that Will Contribute to Growth in Energy Demand and Insurable Exposures Including: WC, Commercial Property, Commercial Auto and Many Liability Coverages *Seasonally adjusted; Date are YTD comparing data through July 2012 to the same period in 2011.Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Full Report on Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders, http://www.census.gov/manufacturing/m3/

    16. Manufacturing Employment,Jan. 2010—August 2012* Manufacturing employment is up by more than 500,000 or 4.6% since Jan. 2010—a surprising source of strength in the economy (Thousands) *Seasonally adjusted Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://data.bls.gov; Insurance Information Institute. 19 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    17. ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (Values > 50 Indicate Expansion) January 2010 through August 2012 Optimism among non-manufacturers was stable in late 2011 and remained expansionary in 2012 Non-manufacturing industries have been expanding and adding jobs. The question is whether this will continue. Source: Institute for Supply Management at http://www.ism.ws/ismreport/nonmfgrob.cfm; Insurance Information Institute.

    18. Business Bankruptcy Filings,1980-2012: Q1 % Change Surrounding Recessions 1980-82 58.6% 1980-87 88.7% 1990-91 10.3% 2000-01 13.0% 2006-09 208.9%* 2011 bankruptcies totaled 47,806, down 15.1% from 56,282 in 2010—the second consecutive year of decline. Business bankruptcies more than tripled during the financial crisis. Through Q1:2012, filings are down 11.1% vs. Q1:2011 Significant Exposure Implications for All Commercial Lines as Business Bankruptcies Begin to Decline Sources: American Bankruptcy Institute at http://www.abiworld.org/AM/AMTemplate.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=61633; Insurance Information Institute 21 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    19. Private Sector Business Starts, 1993:Q2 – 2011:Q3* Business Starts2006: 872,0002007: 843,0002008: 790,0002009: 700,000 2010: 742,000 2011: 748,000** (Thousands) Business starts were up 2.2% to 748,000 in 2011 vs. 2010. 742,000 new business starts were recorded in 2010, up 6.0% from 700,000 in 2009, which was the slowest year for new business starts since 1993 Business Starts Were Down Nearly 20% in the Recession, Holding Back Most Types of Commercial Insurance Exposure, But Are Recovering Slowly * Data through Dec. 31, 2011 are the latest available as of Sept. 20, 2012; Seasonally adjusted. **Annualized based on data through Q3:2011. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cewbd.t08.htm. 22 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    20. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index January 1985 through August 2012 Small business optimism has increased but is still only at the level it was when the Financial Crisis began Source: National Federation of Independent Business at http://www.advisorperspectives.com/dshort/charts/indicators/Sentiment.html?NFIB-optimism-index.gif ; Insurance Information Institute.

    21. 12 Industries for the Next 10 Years: Insurance Solutions Needed Health Care Health Sciences Energy (Traditional) Many industries are poised for growth, though insurers’ ability to capitalize on these industries varies widely Alternative Energy Petrochemical Agriculture Natural Resources Technology (incl. Biotechnology) Light Manufacturing Insourced Manufacturing Export-Oriented Industries Shipping (Rail, Marine, Trucking)

    22. Labor Market Trends Massive Job Losses Sapped the Economy and Commercial Lines Exposure, But Trend is Improving, Including Workers Comp 25

    23. Unemployment and Underemployment Rates: Stubbornly High in 2012, But Falling January 2000 through August 2012, Seasonally Adjusted (%) U-6 went from 8.0% in March 2007 to 17.5% in October 2009; Stood at 14.7% in Aug. 2012 Recession ended in November 2001 Unemployment kept rising for 19 more months Recession began in December 2007 Unemployment stood at 8.1% in Aug. 2012 Unemployment peaked at 10.1% in October 2009, highest monthly rate since 1983. Peak rate in the last 30 years: 10.8% in November - December 1982 Aug 12 Stubbornly high unemployment and underemployment constrain overall economic growth, but the job market is now clearly improving Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Insurance Information Institute. 26 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    24. Unemployment in NY State is Rising in 2012, But Falling Nationally January 2002 through August 2012, Seasonally Adjusted (%) NY’s unemployment rate is now a full point above the US (9.1% vs. 8.1%) as of Aug. 2012 Recession began in December 2007 US unemployment stood at 8.1% in Aug. 2012 Unemployment peaked at 10.1% in October 2009, highest monthly rate since 1983. Peak rate in the last 30 years: 10.8% in November - December 1982 Aug 12 NY State’s Unemployment Rate is Now Higher Than at Any Point During or After the Financial Crisis Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Insurance Information Institute. 27 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    25. NY State Has Recouped Lost Jobs, But Unemployment is Rising January 2002 through August 2012, Seasonally Adjusted (%) 99.9% of the jobs NY state lost during the Great Recession have been recouped, but unemployment rate hit new peak of 9.1% in July/Aug. 2012 Unemployment Rate (%) Thousands Pre-recession peak of 8.8251 mill jobs in July 2008 Employment trough 8.542 mill jobs in April 2009, a loss of 283,100 jobs from peak Pre-recession unemployment rate low was 4.3% from Nov. 2006 to Feb. 2007 Aug 12 Like Many States, NY Has Recouped Jobs Lost in the Recession, But Net New Entrants to the Labor Force is Pushing Unemployment Rate Up Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Insurance Information Institute. 28 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    26. Unemployment Rates by Metropolitan Areas in NY State, July 2012* Unemployment Rate (%) Unemployment in most NY MSAs remains high, including the NYC MSA. *Most recent available. Metro area data are not seasonally adjusted. **The NYC MSA includes Northern NJ and parts of Eastern PA.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Insurance Information Institute.

    27. Monthly Change in Private Employment January 2008 through August 2012 (Thousands) 103,000 private sector jobs were created in August Monthly Losses in Dec. 08–Mar. 09 Were the Largest in the Post-WW II Period Private Employers Added 4.65 million Jobs Since Jan. 2010 After Having Shed 4.66 Million Jobs in 2009 and 3.81 Million in 2008 (State and Local Governments Have Shed Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs) Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ces/home.htm; Insurance Information Institute

    28. Cumulative Change in Private Employment: Dec. 2007—August 2012 December 2007 through August 2012 (Millions) Cumulative job losses peaked at 8.444 million in December 2009 Cumulative job losses as of June 2012 totaled 3.709 million All of the jobs “lost” since President Obama took office in Jan. 2009 have been recouped Private Employers Added 4.74 million Jobs Since Jan. 2010 After Having Shed 4.66 Million Jobs in 2009 and 3.81 Million in 2008 (State and Local Governments Have Shed Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs) Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ces/home.htm; Insurance Information Institute

    29. Cumulative Change in Private Sector Employment: Jan. 2010—August 2012 January 2010 through August 2012* (Millions) Job gains and pay increases have added more than $600 billion to payrolls since Jan. 2010 Cumulative job gains through Aug. 2012 totaled 4.735 million Private Employers Added 4.74 million Jobs Since Jan. 2010 After Having Shed 4.66 Million Jobs in 2009 and 3.81 Million in 2008 (State and Local Governments Have Shed Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs) Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ces/home.htm; Insurance Information Institute

    30. Cumulative Change in Government Employment: Jan. 2010—August 2012 January 2010 through August 2012* (Millions) Government at all levels has shed more than a half million jobs since Jan. 2010 even as private employers created 4.74 million jobs. Cumulative job losses through Aug. 2012 totaled 579,000 Temporary Census hiring distorted 2010 figures Governments at All Levels are Under Severe Fiscal Strain As Tax Receipts Plunged and Pension Obligations Soared During the Financial Crisis, Causing Them to Reduce Staff Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/data/#employment; Insurance Information Institute

    31. Net Change in Government Employment: Jan. 2010—August 2012* State government employment fell by 1.8% since the end of 2009 while Federal employment is down by 2.1% (Thousands) Local government employment shrank by 426,000 from Jan. 2010 through Aug. 2012, accounting for 74% of all government job losses, negatively impacting WC exposures for those cities and counties that insure privately *Cumulative change from prior month; Base employment date is Dec. 2009. Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/data/#employment; Insurance Information Institute eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    32. Unemployment Rates by State, July 2012:Highest 25 States* In July, 44 states reported over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 2 states and the District of Columbia had decreases, and 4 states had no change. NY has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country *Provisional figures for July 2012, seasonally adjusted. Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Insurance Information Institute.

    33. Unemployment Rates by State, July 2012: Lowest 25 States* In July, 44 states reported over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 2 states and the District of Columbia had decreases, and 4 states had no change. *Provisional figures for July 2012, seasonally adjusted. Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Insurance Information Institute.

    34. US Unemployment Rate Forecast Jobless figures have been revised slightly upwards for 2012/13 2007:Q1 to 2013:Q4F* Rising unemployment eroded payrolls and workers comp’s exposure base. Unemployment peaked at 10% in late 2009. Unemployment forecasts have been revised slightly upwards for 2012 and 2013. Optimistic scenarios put the unemployment as low as 7.3% by Q4 of nextyear. * = actual; = forecasts Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Blue Chip Economic Indicators (9/12 edition); Insurance Information Institute.

    35. Nonfarm Payroll (Wages and Salaries):Quarterly, 2005–2012:Q2 Billions Latest (2012:Q2) was $6.89 trillion, a new peak--$640B above 2009 trough Prior Peak was 2008:Q1 at $6.60 trillion Pace of payroll growth is slowing in 2012 Recent trough (2009:Q3) was $6.25 trillion, down 5.3% from prior peak Growth rates in 2012Q1:12 over Q4:11: 1.8%Q2 over Q1: 1.4% Note: Recession indicated by gray shaded column. Data are seasonally adjusted annual rates. Sources: http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/WASCUR; National Bureau of Economic Research (recession dates); Insurance Information Institute. 39 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    36. Payroll vs. Workers Comp Net Written Premiums, 1990-2012E Payroll Base* WC NWP $Billions $Billions 12/07-6/09 7/90-3/91 3/01-11/01 WC premium volume dropped two years before the recession began +9% in 2012E WC net premiums written were down $14B or 29.3% to $33.8B in 2010 after peaking at $47.8B in 2005 Continued Payroll Growth and Rate Increases Suggest WC NWP Will Grow Again in 2012; +7.9% Growth in 2011 Was the First Gain Since 2005 *Private employment; Shaded areas indicate recessions. Payroll and WC premiums for 2012 is I.I.I. estimate based YTD 2012 actuals. Sources: NBER (recessions); Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis at http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/WASCUR ; NCCI; I.I.I.

    37. POSITIVE LABOR MARKET DEVELOPMENTS Key Factors Driving Workers Compensation Exposure 41

    38. Mass Layoff Announcements,Jan. 2002—August 2012* Mass layoff announcements peaked at more than 3,000 per month in Feb. 2009 There were 1,276 may layoffs announced in Aug. 2012, close to pre-recession levels *Seasonally adjusted. Note: Recessions indicated by gray shaded columns. Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/mls/; National Bureau of Economic Research (recession dates); Insurance Information Institute. 42 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    39. Average Hourly Wage of All Private Workers, Mar. 2006—June 2012 (Hourly Wage) The average hourly wage was $23.50 in June, up 10.6% from $21.25 when the recession began in Dec. 2007 Wage gains continued during the recession, despite massive job losses *Seasonally adjusted Note: Recessions indicated by gray shaded columns. Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/data/#employment; National Bureau of Economic Research (recession dates); Insurance Information Institute. 44 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    40. ADVERSE LONG-TERM LABOR MARKET DEVELOPMENTS Key Factors Harming Workers Compensation Exposure and the Overall Economy 45

    41. Labor Force Participation Rate,Jan. 2002—June 2012* Labor Force Participation as a % of Population Labor force participation continues to shrink despite a falling unemployment rate Large numbers of people are exiting (or not returning to the labor force *Defined as the percentage of working age persons in the population who are employed or actively seeking work. Note: Recessions indicated by gray shaded columns. Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000; National Bureau of Economic Research (recession dates); Insurance Information Institute. 47 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    42. Number of “Discouraged Workers,”Jan. 2002—August 2012 Thousands Large numbers of people are exiting (or not returning to) the labor force “Discouraged Workers” are people who have searched for work for so long in vain that they actually stop searching and drop out of the labor force There were 844,000 discouraged workers in Aug. 2012 In recent good times, the number of discouraged workers ranged from 200,000-400,000 (1995-2000) or from 300,000-500,000 (2002-2007). Notes: Recessions indicated by gray shaded columns. Data are seasonally adjusted. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.a.htm ; NBER (recession dates); Ins. Info. Inst. 48 12/01/09 - 9pm eSlide – P6466 – The Financial Crisis and the Future of the P/C

    43. Workers Compensation Operating Environment The Workers Comp Market Is Growing But Underwriting Challenges Remain Significant 49

    44. Commercial Lines Combined Ratio, 1990-2012F* Commercial lines underwriting performance in 2011 was the worst since 2002 *2007-2012 figures exclude mortgage and financial guaranty segments. Source: A.M. Best; Insurance Information Institute

    45. Workers Compensation Combined Ratio: 1994–2012F Workers Comp Underwriting Results Are Deteriorating Markedly and the Worst They Have Been in a Decade Sources: A.M. Best; Insurance Information Institute.

    46. NY State Workers Compensation DPW: 2001–2011 $ Billions Premium Volume in NY State is Still Recovering After a 19% Decline During the Financial Crisis/Soft Market Sources: SNL Financial; Insurance Information Institute.

    47. Workers Compensation Combined Ratio: 1973–2012P* This is the 3rd time in 30 years that WC has suffered from very poor underwriting performance WC was the worst performing of the major commercial lines in 2011. Workers Comp Underwriting Results Deteriorated Markedly in Recent Years *Data are on a calendar year basis. Sources: Insurance Information Institute from A.M. Best (1973-1979; A.M. Best Aggregates & Averages, 1980-2011 (annual editions); A.M. Best Review & Preview for 2012F..

    48. Workers Compensation Premium: First Increase in YearsNet Written Premium $ Billions p Preliminary Source: 1990–2010 Private Carriers, Best's Aggregates & Averages; 2011p, NCCI 1996–2011p State Funds: AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KY, LA, MD, MO, MT, NM, OK, OR, RI, TX, UT Annual Statements State Funds available for 1996 and subsequent Calendar Year

    49. Workers Compensation Lost-Time Claim Frequency Declined in 2011Lost-Time Claims Percent Cumulative Change of –55.5% (1991–2010 adj.) Accident Year 2011p: Preliminary based on data valued as of 12/31/2011 1991–2010: Based on data through 12/31/2010, developed to ultimate Based on the states where NCCI provides ratemaking services, including state funds; excludes high deductible policies Frequency is the number of lost-time claims per $1M pure premium at current wage and voluntary loss cost level Source: NCCI.

    50. Workers Comp Indemnity Claim Costs: Modest Increase in 2011 Average Indemnity Cost per Lost-Time Claim Indemnity Claim Cost ($ 000s) Average indemnity costs per claim resumed its upward climb in 2011 Annual Change 1991–1993: -1.7% Annual Change 1994–2001: +7.3% Annual Change 2002–2010: +3.4% 2010p: Preliminary based on data valued as of 12/31/2011 1991–2010: Based on data through 12/31/2010, developed to ultimate Based on the states where NCCI provides ratemaking services Excludes high deductible policies Source: NCCI Accident Year