MetLife will slash about 650 jobs in Bloomfield, leaving about 1,300 workers at that office as the nation’s largest life insurer consolidates offices from around the country, a source familiar with the arrangement said Friday morning.
MetLife declined to comment when asked Thursday about a specific number of positions that will be eliminated in Bloomfield.
The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. announced Thursday it is creating two campuses in Charlotte and Cary, N.C., for a total investment of $125.5 million.
Connecticut employees could apply for new jobs in North Carolina, but only some critical managers will be asked to relocate.
“We don’t know how many employees will be going to North Carolina from Connecticut or from any other impacted MetLife location for that matter,” said MetLife spokesman John Calagna.
“Some critical managers will be asked to relocate,” he said. “They can of course decide not to do so. All other impacted employees can apply for a position in North Carolina, or can apply for any other open MetLife position that they are qualified for.”
He also pointed out, “this is a multi year plan and will take until 2015 until all 2600 positions in North Carolina will be created and filled.”
Juliet Manalan, a spokeswoman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office, said, “MetLife has been — and will continue to be — an important part of Connecticut’s insurance landscape. While we are disappointed in MetLife’s decision to reduce its workforce here, we will continue to work diligently with the company to retain jobs and maintain its long-term presence in Connecticut. Our insurance sector is a strong and vital part of Connecticut’s economy — we will fight to keep every single job in Connecticut, and create new ones.”
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