March 10, 2021

Workers’ Compensation Rates Continue Downward Trend

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon approved the annual loss cost filing of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) effective May 1, 2021. The filing reduces workers’ compensation rates -4.1% and continues the downward trend of seven of the last eight years, including 2021’s rate decrease.  Rates have had a cumulative drop of -25% over the last five years.

“I’m happy to announce the continued reduction in rates for the workers’ compensation market in Louisiana,” said Commissioner Donelon. “For years we’ve seen these rates come down due to competition in the market, improved workplace safety and better risk management practices. In a time where many small businesses are struggling, I’m glad that workers’ compensation insurance can be a line in their budgets that is decreasing.”

Founded in 1923, the mission of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is to foster a healthy workers’ compensation system. In support of this mission, NCCI gathers data, analyzes industry trends, and provides objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations to its 35 member states and the District of Columbia.  NCCI members can adopt the approved rate or they can include NCCI’s analysis with their own loss experience to complete their own rate filing with the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI).

The total Louisiana workers’ compensation insurance market is estimated to be just shy of $900 million in total premium and now has a record-breaking 247 companies writing workers’ compensation insurance in competition with each other.

About the Louisiana Department of Insurance: The Louisiana Department of Insurance works to improve competition in the state’s insurance market while assisting individuals and businesses with the information and resources they need to be informed consumers of insurance. As a regulator, the LDI enforces the laws that provide a fair and stable marketplace and makes certain that insurers comply with the laws in place to protect policyholders. You can contact the LDI by calling 1-800-259-5300 or visiting