Small Increase Experienced in Ark. Workers’ Comp Rates

July 11, 2003

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Mike Pickens announced an overall loss increase of 1.8 percent in the State’s Workers’ Compensation voluntary insurance market.

The small increase is the first for Arkansas in eight years. Until this year, Arkansas had experienced a decline totaling 44.5% over the past eight consecutive years. The overall rate increase for the assigned risk market is 5.5 percent. The new overall rate increases became effective July 1 for both the voluntary and assigned risk markets.

While the overall rate increases have been announced, consumers may experience increases or decreases in excess of industry average when individual risk factors are applied.

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