Last week, we used Census Bureau data to present a list of the 10 grimmest states for health insurance carrier jobs.

This week, we’re presenting the much more cheerful sequel: a list of states in which the number of health carrier jobs increased dramatically from 2003 through 2013.

Health insurer employers in those states increased the number of paid employees 27 percent to 129 percent over the period included in the data, which comes from the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns survey series.

Of course, there are some important warnings to keep in mind.

One is that 2013 was a year in which many health insurers were preparing for the arrival of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange system. Maybe the ups and downs in the health insurance market that have taken place since Jan. 1, 2014, have changed carrier employment in ways not reflected, even a little bit, in the 2013 survey data.

Another is that this data does not reflect changes in employment at health insurance agencies, independent wholesalers, benefit plan administrators, technology support companies, collection agencies and other companies involved in the health insurance market.

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A third warning is that the raw statewide employment count we’re publishing here does not necessarily show whether the jobs added were good jobs with benefits, or dead-end jobs, or if jobs moved from one region in a state to other regions in the same state.

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But, during the period in question, health insurers throughout the United States managed to increase employment 11 percent, to 503,818, as overall insurance carrier employment fell 4.4 percent, to 1.4 million.

Next week, we’ll try to get a sense of what happened to the good insurance jobs by crunching Census Bureau health insurance carrier payroll numbers.

For now, for a look at the states with what would appear to be the hottest health insurance carrier employment markets, along with a re-run of the supplemental all-state health insurer employment table we published last week, read on. 

The mushroom like rock formations of Goblin Valley, Utah

10. Utah

2003 health carrier employment: 2,792

2013 health carrier employment: 3,536

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +27%

See also: Top 10 smartest states for financial literacy: 2015

 

Image: Goblin Valley, Utah 

Juicy peach9. Georgia

2003 health carrier employment: 10,171

2013 health carrier employment: 13,022

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +28%

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Image: A Georgia peach (GI photo/Maksym Narodenko)

Longhorns tied to front of car

8. Texas

2003 health carrier employment: 22,372

2013 health carrier employment: 28,836

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +29% 

See also: Uninsured rate is also bigger in Texas

 

Image: A car in Texas. (GI photo/Jill Miller)

Milk.

7. Wisconsin

2003 health carrier employment: 12,268

2013 health carrier employment: 16,942

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +38%

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Image: Wisconsin milk. (GI photo)

Missouri grain elevator

6. Missouri

2003 health carrier employment: 7,760

2013 health carrier employment: 10,934

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +41%

See also: Mo. Senate, House panels defeat Medicaid expansion

 

Image: A grain elevator in North Kansas City, Mo. (LHP photo/Allison Bell) 

Tough Grand Canyon trees

5. Arizona

2003 health carrier employment: 8,719

2013 health carrier employment: 12,670

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +45%

See also: 10 states where doctors love commercial plan patients

 

Image: Trees on the rim of the Grand Canyon. (GI photo/Marc Stephan)

Kansas pasture

4. Kansas

2003 health carrier employment: 3,763

2013 health carrier employment: 5,499

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +46%

See also: Kansas approves state health rights compact

 

Image: Horses in a pasture in Kansas. (GI photo)

Mardi Gras king cake with baby

3. Louisiana

2003 health carrier employment: 2,678

2013 health carrier employment: 4,752

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +77%

See also: Baton Rouge emergency room shows the cost of PPACA fight

 

Image: Mardi Gras king cake, with baby. (GI photo)

Hawaiian chickens

2. Hawaii

2003 health carrier employment: 1,937

2013 health carrier employment: 3,881

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +100%

See also: Where are the high-income thin people?

 

Image: The wild chickens of Kauai, in Hawaii. (GI photo/Boysen Hodgson)

Colorado lady elk

1. Colorado

2003 health carrier employment: 3,327

2013 health carrier employment: 7,634

Change, from 2003 to 2013, in percent: +129%

See also: Colorado firm on PPACA compliance

 

Image: A Colorado cow elk. (GI photo)

Health and medical insurance employment

Area Name

Paid employees, March 2013

Paid employees, March 2003

Change, 2003-2013

Alabama 4019 3668 10%
Alaska * * Not available
Arizona 12670 8719 45%
Arkansas 3220 * Not available
California 53808 44702 20%
Colorado 7634 3327 129%
Connecticut 15107 27378 -45%
Delaware 1781 1703 5%
District of Columbia * 2456 Not available
Florida 24113 22241 8%
Georgia 13022 10171 28%
Hawaii 3881 1937 100%
Idaho * 1495 Not available
Illinois 20171 18696 8%
Indiana 8391 8633 -3%
Iowa 2914 4315 -32%
Kansas 5499 3763 46%
Kentucky * 8504 Not available
Louisiana 4752 2678 77%
Maine 1552 1719 -10%
Maryland * 10275 Not available
Massachusetts 11798 10291 15%
Michigan 13382 13441 0%
Minnesota * 15392 Not available
Mississippi 989 1384 -29%
Missouri 10934 7760 41%
Montana 394 * Not available
Nebraska * 8205 Not available
Nevada * * Not available
New Hampshire 2239 2868 -22%
New Jersey 9701 9302 4%
New Mexico 2340 3098 -24%
New York 31623 31289 1%
North Carolina * 8984 Not available
North Dakota * * Not available
Ohio 16704 13759 21%
Oklahoma 3403 4154 -18%
Oregon 6333 6332 0%
Pennsylvania 43996 40699 8%
Rhode Island 1863 2186 -15%
South Carolina 12212 10848 13%
South Dakota 1194 1251 -5%
Tennessee * 9492 Not available
Texas 28836 22372 29%
Utah 3536 2792 27%
Vermont * * Not available
Virginia 12754 10660 20%
Washington 8286 8320 0%
West Virginia 1061 1701 -38%
Wisconsin 16942 12268 38%
Wyoming * * Not available
U.S. Census Bureau

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