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We are just a few weeks into the second quarter of 2020, so it’s a great time to look back at the first months of the year for a snapshot of the state of the business, from rating and renewal activity to market trends.

For example, commercial renewal rates in Q1 2020 reached an all-time high of 5.4% across all product lines, says data from IVANS. Also, in the first quarter, unemployment in the insurance industry dropped from 2.6% in January to 1% in February.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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