UPDATE: Job reductions included in "realignment" of State Farm IT positions

BLOOMINGTON - UPDATE: The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council weighs in on the job reductions at State Farm, saying they're not concerned.

“Realignments are tough, there’s a lot of growing pains involved with that," said Zach Dietmeier, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Bloomington-Normal EDC. "But as far as State farm is concerned, we’re really not that concerned about the total changing."

Dietmeier said the EDC knows numbers can fluctuate, but trusts State Farm will keep their word, in keeping employee numbers near 15,000 in Bloomington.

State Farm announced Tuesday it is realigning its Informational Technology positions, which includes some job reductions.

The company says it will help accommodate customers' needs for more technology-driven ways to do business.

"Our approach will enable us to provide more sophisticated online and mobile solutions to customers in our fast-paced, hyper-connected world," says State Farm spokesperson Missy Dundov. 

IT employees will still have a presence in Bloomington, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix. However, there will be job reductions. State Farm will give severance to employees who voluntarily leave the company. It's not sure how many people will accept the offer. 

State Farm says it will maintain around 15,000 employees in Bloomington. That number will fluctuate as employees move in and out of the Bloomington headquarters each year. The company stresses it will keep the majority of its operations in Bloomington. State Farm has about 70,000 employees nationwide.

The company goes on to say: 

You are likely hearing many numbers or percentages, but it's important to understand these numbers include employees located in various locations across the country and/or percentages based on areas within our IT function. And, because we are offering severance benefits to employees who voluntarily elect to leave the company, we are uncertain how many will accept that offer so it's dangerous to speculate.

 


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