Almost a year after it was struck by Hurricane Katrina,Louisiana's economy is in desperate shape, but conditions for thatstate and Mississippi should improve as insurance claims paymentsand $107 billion in federal aid arrive, an insurance trade grouppredicts.

That forecast comes from the Property Casualty InsurersAssociation of America (PCI) based in Des Plaines, Ill., in areport on "Rebuilding the Gulf: The Impact of Insurance ClaimsPayments on Post-Hurricane Economic Recovery in Louisiana andMississippi."

In the time since the storm arrived on Aug. 29, 2005, insurershave settled more than one million claims for all lines includinghomeowners, commercial property, business interruption and personaland commercial automobile, PCI reported

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