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UnitedHealth Adding IT, Software Jobs

May 2, 2014

JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press

April 30--The nation's largest health benefits company announced Tuesday that it will create 75 jobs at its Southfield office before year's end and potentially 45 additional jobs within three years.

Stephen Hemsley, president and CEO of suburban Minneapolis-based UnitedHealth Group, said the jobs are being created within the company's subsidiary, Optum, which works in health care services and technology support.

The positions will be added at the office on Northwestern Highway, which currently has about 530 employees. UnitedHealth, which has seven offices in Michigan, would see its overall employment across the state rise to about 700 people.

The new jobs will entail local hiring and be in the general areas of software development, Internet design, user experience and program management.

Company officials said they have had success in the past filling such positions with graduates of the University of Michigan and the College for Creative Studies.

"The real premise for this is that we find this community to be a very welcoming, very talented, very innovative, very ambitious community," Hemsley said.

The CEO was joined at the announcement by Gov. Rick Snyder.

"It's a great industry area for Michigan -- the intersection of information technology and health care," Snyder said.

The jobs will be created without the use of tax credits or similar economic assistance from the state. The potential 45 additional jobs would depend on how well Optum's business does in the future.

Optum has about 50,000 employees worldwide and reported $11.2 billion in revenue last quarter, a nearly 30% increase from the same period in 2013.

One of Optum's services is helping government officials fix the online health insurance marketplaces that were unveiled last fall as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Those interested in applying for the jobs can go to www.optum.com/careers.

Contact JC Reindl: 313-222-6631 or jcreindl@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @JCReindl.

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