PIA Weekly Industry News
Mar. 18, 2015

A hiring explosion coming but who will fill the jobs?

The result of the Jacobson Group and the Ward Group's Semi-Annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study is out. The twice a year study says property and casualty insurers are hiring at the fastest pace in years. How good is the news? The Ward Group's Jeff Rieder said 66 percent of the P&C insurers polled said they're going to increase staff in 2015. It's the highest percentage since the two groups started the survey in 2009.More

The future: Millennials and insurance

Weekly Industry News will be focusing on millennials — those born between 1980 and 1996 — over the next few weeks. This series won't be weekly but we will be featuring information about the "next" generation and its impact on the insurance industry, on you and your families, on society and on millennials, themselves. More

It turns out — work really is killing you

When you tell others work is killing you, a new study says you may be right. New research from Stanford University professors Stefanos Zenios and Jeffrey Pfeffer and Harvard Business School researcher Joel Goh claims workplace stress causes 120,000 deaths a year in the U.S. More

Signals: A recovering economy?

The Federal Reserve said the wealth of U.S. households grew in the fourth quarter of 2014. The net worth for households and nonprofits jumped by $1.5 trillion from October through December — a 1.9 percent increase over the third quarter. Household and nonprofit net worth is now $82.9 trillion. More

Insurers, the world's best and most ethical companies

The Ethisphere Institute just released its annual list of the most ethical companies on the planet and Fortune and Great Place to Work has sent out its 18th annual best places to work. Insurers — not surprisingly — landed on both lists. More

Retirement: Concerns growing and diminishing

Retirement is a concern. Businesses from corporations to the smallest organization are decreasing benefits or doing away with them altogether. Some of us only have Social Security to rely upon in our retirement years. More

California: The big one predicted to be a big one

For decades we've been hearing about the "big one" in California. We're still waiting. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey say waiting is a good idea because when it gets here, the earthquake will be more massive than previously thought. That's massive as in 8.0 or great in magnitude. And the chances of that 8.0 has gone up from 4.7 to 7 percent. More

Obamacare: The one constant — change

The Congressional Budget Office is charged with analyzing federal government spending. A new report on the Affordable Care Act shows it's going to cost the taxpayers less than originally projected. The drop in the amount of premium subsidies to be paid on in the next 10 years is going to be $142 billion less than expected.More

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