While employment got off to a modest start, a recent survey suggests hiring is up among insurance companies. In a study of 173 entities represented by agents, brokers and HR administration professionals, GreatInsuranceJobs.com, a niche job search website, determined there are more than 16,000 open positions in insurance across the country and 23,000 more are expected to be created by the end of 2013.

Eighty-four percent of companies surveyed currently have open positions, while 29 percent plan on hiring at least 51 new employees this year.  Between 2012 and 2013, the portion of companies that stated their organization's hiring would be better than the previous year's increase of 9 percentage points to 40 percent.

Recent employment trends among insurance companies demonstrate their need for new talent. Allstate Insurance recently announced plans to create at least 50 new jobs in Nevada, according to Reno Gazette-Journal. In addition, State Farm Insurance held a job fair in North Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Surveyed professionals outlined several key concerns concerning recruitment. For example, skilled employees, often baby boomers, are leaving the workforce and are proving difficult to replace.

The most popular jobs in insurance are sales positions, call center employee, claims adjusters, account managers, customer service and IT, according to the survey.

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