Workers' Compensation insurers are benefitting from thecontinued growth in private-sector hiring and payroll over the pastfew years, but there is concern about a few dark clouds of economicuncertainty looming on the horizon.

Many attendees at the recent Workers' Compensation EducationalConference in Orlando were of two minds when it came to theprospects for growth in premiums and profits in 2013, both in termsof the P&C insurance market in general and the Workers' Compmarket in particular.

I found general agreement that while the economic recoveryappears to be losing steam, millions have returned to work sincethe financial crisis at the end of 2008 decimated the job market.That means many more insurable exposures for comp carriers, as wellas more premiums written.

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