Report: MetLife Considers Moving “Hundreds Of Additional Jobs” To North Carolina

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The Charlotte Business Journal, citing anonymous sources, reports that MetLife is considering moving “hundreds of additional jobs” to Charlotte, in addition to the 2,600 jobs the life insurer plans to move to North Carolina from offices across the U.S.

“We have not made any decisions about additional jobs in Charlotte at this time,” MetLife spokesman John Calagna said. “In addition to the 1,380 jobs we already announced as moving to Charlotte in March, there are approximately 250 MetLife employees currently working in Charlotte in our retail and property and casualty operations. Those 250 positions will also be moved to our new location together with the 1,380 new jobs, requiring additional space in a new Charlotte location.”

As of last month, MetLife planned to cut 650 jobs from its Bloomfield offices, leaving 1,300 workers there, a source familiar with the arrangement told The Courant in March. MetLife has declined in the past to comment on the number of jobs to be cut in Bloomfield. It’s not clear if the news of additional jobs moving to North Carolina will mean greater losses here.

The move will happen over time until 2015, the company has said.

“As we have said previously, moves from locations in the Northeast will begin starting later this year, and will be over a three year period,” Calagna said. “We are still working through our plans and I don’t have any additional details at this point. Other locations impacted by the moves we announced in March to North Carolina include MetLife locations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and California.”

In early March, MetLife said it will consolidate operations and shift jobs to North Carolina into two campuses in Cary, N.C., and Charlotte. The move is expected to save MetLife, officially the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. of New York, about $600 million in expenses by 2016.

MetLife confirmed last month it is closing offices in Lowell, Mass.; Somerset, N.J.; and Aliso Viejo, Calif., and will reduce its workforce and its footprint in Bloomfield; Boston; Irvine, Calif.; Johnstown, Pa.; and Warwick, R.I.

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13 thoughts on “Report: MetLife Considers Moving “Hundreds Of Additional Jobs” To North Carolina

  1. Redcoat

    Cary and Charlotte are very nice places to live, nice houses cost 2/3 what they do here (and property taxes 1/3) they are very diverse communities and the schools are good. And the climate is great. The chickens are coming home to roost on the anti-business Northeast government.

  2. DR

    As I’ve been saying for months, the MetLife office in Bloomfied will CLOSE within the next few years.

    If you work at Metlife and don’t want to move to NC, get out NOW.

  3. sue

    Hey taxpayers of CT while DANNY BOY is sucking up to barry jobs are disappearing. Oh I forgot who cares, the job rate decreased last month if you believe the BS from the CT Dept of Labor. And if you missed it, Warnaco in Milford is laying off its total workforce of 208. Oh who cares maybe one of those companies getting some DANNY BOY MULA will hire them at minimum wage

    1. Marc Romanow

      Warnaco’s Milford plant is closing as part of a consolidation. Their new parent, PVH, is closing 6 locations. Your remarks are quite offensive and show a complete lack of intelligence.

      1. alan

        although the remark was inelegant, it is sadly true that the jobs are gone whether they be part of a large consolidation or not. Why is Conn never the winner in a consolidation- someone is. Anyone moving to this state has to be on the hook for the pensions and health dating back to bartender bill oneill, ritter, sullivan, cibes and the hartford area syncophants. Sorry

  4. RickFromTexas

    Notice how CT never shows up as a place companies move to, just away from.

    The exodus continues…

  5. Hilltop1776

    Notice towards the end of the article it shows that all the jobs are leaving the liberal and high tax states to move down south to North Carolina. The Northeast and California is rapidly losing capital and brainpower.

  6. Evan J.

    The giant sucking sound continues. Conn. has a much higher cost of living and doing business… little we can do with that other than continue developing the core competence of the workforce, supporting new upstart companies (incubators, IT etc…). Sad to see so much change forced on the traditional business sector. Insurance and Financial services are leaving in droves (minus Fairfield Cty). The Carolines (Whalers anyone?) offer a cheaper workforce, lower cost of living and allow bottom lines to be larger. Where is Metro Alliance and the state now?

  7. alan

    Conn is largely a state of highly paid government workers and a few hedge fund people in Fairfield cty. In my town Hamden, the avg fireman makes 97k, police 99k, we own 190 mill in unfunded pension. They pack meetings as people with real productive jobs cant make the 7 PM meetings..hardly home. Townies beget townies and the people who pay taxes leave.

  8. sohbet

    That may offer a short-term benefit for certain consumers and shield some of those individual policyholders from potentially steep rate increases very blog

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