Thursday, February 11, 2016

State Farm announces 1,500 jobs coming to Dunwoody, GA @StateFarm

Georgia's largest home and auto insurer is on a hiring binge, and raising wage as well.

Channel 2 Consumer Investigator Jim Strickland broke the news on Twitter Thursday morning that State Farm would add 1,500 more employees to its Atlanta operations by year's end.

The company's starting minimum wage is climbing from near $13 per hour to $15.50.

Ryan Lewis told Strickland that he got a raise his second day on the job.

"Anytime someone says, 'You’re going to get this,' and then says, 'Oh, by the way, we're going to give you more,' that's a great feeling," he said.

The wage adjustment is hoped to better attract that new crop of workers.

"We're looking for jobs in our customer contact centers. So we're looking for people that are experienced in customer service, sales, maybe have some retail background," said recruiter Alana O'Neal.

Atlanta is one of three State Farm regional hubs. The company, now spread out in nine buildings, will centralize in a new 1.5 million square-foot tower near Perimeter Mall.

"Our presence in Atlanta will be about 8,000 (employees) when this is done, most of whom will be based here," said State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak.

The company stresses more than half of those new workers will qualify to start above the new $15.50 minimum.

State Farm is taking applications for those new jobs on their website.

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