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UnitedHealth goes on a hiring spree, will create 2,800 jobs in next 6 months

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UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurance provider, says it plans to hire some 2,800 new employees over the next six months - with 1,700 of them in the Twin Cities and another 140 in Duluth.

The Minnetonka-based company announced the job expansion Monday, according to the Star Tribune.

In addition to the Minnesota-based jobs, UnitedHealth says it will hire 1,000 employees who will be able to telecommute from anywhere in the country.

UnitedHealth employs about 170,000 people companywide; in Minnesota it has about 15,000 employees, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The company's business is growing, the Star Tribune notes. The number of people in the U.S. covered by UnitedHealth insurance grew 4 percent over the past year, to about 41.8 million as of June 30, according to the newspaper.

The Twin Cities positions will be in several areas including finance, business operations, network management, sales and marketing, clinical, information technology, administrative professionals and sales support, the Business Journal reports.

The positions in Duluth are primarily customer service jobs, and UnitedHealth is holding a job fair for interested applicants Oct. 13 and 14 at its Duluth office at 4316 Rice Lake Road.

You can find more information about job openings at UnitedHealth here.

UPS also hiring

Another company in the Twin Cities is planning to bring hundreds of new employees on board. UPS (United Parcel Service) says it's going to hire 1,400 people in the next few weeks as it gears up for the holiday season, according to WCCO.

The package delivery service said some of the openings are for seasonal jobs and others are permanent positions. The jobs include package handlers, truck drivers and driver-helpers.

According to WCCO, the company is hiring at four Twin Cities locations: Two in Minneapolis, one in Eagan and one in Maple Grove.

Here's the job openings site at UPS.

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