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.