UnitedHealthcare, a subsidiary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (UHG), announced late Tuesday that it will hire 115 employees for a call center in Chico, California—thus boosting the facility’s total work force to more than 500 by year’s end and continuing UHG’s recent hiring streak.
The health care giant said that it would work with local veterans organizations to actively recruit military veterans for the positions, in addition to drawing from the area’s broader hiring pool. UHG is part of the “100,000 Jobs Mission,” a coalition of major U.S. corporations that aim to collectively hire 100,000 transitioning military service members and veterans by 2020.
“UnitedHealthcare has been an important business partner in Chico for many years, and we are pleased it has made the decision to expand and create new jobs in our community,” Chico Mayor Ann Schwab said in a prepared statement. “These new positions will help people who are seeking a quality job, particularly our military veterans, and provide an economic boost to the region.”
The Chico call center, built in 1998, fields questions from members about their insurance plans and handles insurance claims.
A UnitedHealthcare spokesman, reached by phone Thursday morning, said that salaries for the new positions would be “competitive” but couldn’t provide further details.
UHG has been on somewhat of a hiring spree recently. In the last two weeks alone, the company outlined plans to hire 550 employees for a call center in Colorado, and 1,500 at four locations in Texas.
UHG is Minnesota’s largest public company based on revenue, which totaled $101.9 billion in 2011.