Despite talk of improvement, things still look somewhat bleak for insurers. The industry lost an additional 12,800 jobs in the month of August, the 10th consecutive month of losses, according to seasonally adjusted data released last Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Insurers' August payrolls included 2.240 million employees, down from a seasonally adjusted 2.253 million in July, the report says. Additionally, the adjusted number from the previous month, which originally was reported as 4,800 jobs lost, was updated to 9,400 jobs lost.

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