Gov. Rick Snyder says new Metro Detroit jobs ‘part of the comeback of Michigan’

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By Khalil AlHajal | kalhajal@mlive.com 

SOUTHFIELD, MI — With the governor cheering on the announcement, officials of a Minneapolis-based health care company Tuesday said 75 new jobs are coming to a Detroit suburb.

Optum, an information technology-focused subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, is expanding its offices at the First Center in Southfield to make room for the new workers, who’ll be hired within the next eight months.

Another 150 workers could come later, said UnitedHealth Group Chief Information Officer Mark DuHaime.

He said the company researched a number of cities as potential locations for the growth, and found Metro Detroit to be the best option.

“Detroit came out as a place that has an abundance of talent,” he said.

The 75 to be hired by the end of the year will bring UnitedHealth Group’s total number of Michigan employees to around 7,000.

“It’s a great industry area for Michigan, the intersection of information technology and health care,” said Snyder, who attended the Southfield announcement.

“… I hope to see this growth continue. I know it has tremendous upside. It’s part of the comeback of Michigan. We’ve come back more than any other state over the last three years… These 75 jobs with the opportunity to grow even more jobs is just going to continue to accelerate that growth.”

UnitedHealth Group is a $123 billion company that provides healthcare services to some 70 million people. Earlier this month, the company reported $31.7 billion in revenues for the first quarter of this year, representing a 5 percent year-over-year increase. Optum comprised $11.2 billion of those revenues, a rise of 29 percent over the first quarter of 2013.

“Michigan’s business environment and exceptional and growing technology workforce make the stat a natural partner for UnitedHealth Group in our efforts to make the health care system work better for everyone,” said UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen Hemsley.

Snyder is scheduled to speak in Detroit later Tuesday at a Michigan Women’s Foundation event.

Follow MLive Detroit reporter Khalil AlHajal on Twitter @DetroitKhalil or onFacebook at Detroit Khalil. He can be reached at kalhajal@mlive.com or 313-643-0527.

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