Published May 2021*

This collection of information from ACLI – fact sheets, commentary and video – describes the life insurance industry’s role as one of the largest sources of investment capital in the United States, fueling job creation and economic growth. With long-term investments made to meet guarantees to policyholders, life insurers make essential contributions to our nation’s economic strength.
Data Points 
  • Life insurance companies invest $640 million every day that drives economic and job growth across the country. 
  • Life insurers invest $6.9 trillion in the U.S. economy.
  • Life insurers purchased 1/3 of all Build America Bonds issued to raise capital for infrastructure.  
  • 64% of the life insurance industry's investments are in bonds.
  • Life insurers' investments in housing have doubled over the last 10 years.
  • Life insurers pay out $2.1 billion every day, compared to $2.7 billion from Social Security.
  • The life insurance industry generates approximately 2.6 million jobs in the U.S.
Additional Information
  • #MeetingTheMoment for Communities showcases life insurers’ investments in each state and provides real-life stories of our impact in key sectors, including agriculture, education, health systems and housing.
  • Explore our State Fact Sheets for up-to-date information about the life insurance industry in all 50 states and Washington D.C. 
  • ACLI's statement about industry support for infrastructure projects emphasizes their role in advancing economic empowerment and racial equity.
Spread the Word
  • Life insurance companies help Americans protect their family’s financial future & prepare for whatever life brings. And the industry's investments meet the moment for communities across the country, helping Main Street thrive. #MeetingTheMoment
Life insurance companies invest $640 million every day that drives economic and job growth across the U.S.
  • The life insurance industry's long-term investments drive economic and job growth across the United States. Learn how ACLI member companies are #MeetingTheMoment for businesses and communities in every state:

*Some facts and figures may have changed since publication in May 2021.