Allstate says it's planning to add 136 new jobs in Ohio.
The insurance company said Wednesday that it plans to appoint 12 new insurance-agency owners in Columbus and hire 36 licensed sales representatives for new and existing agencies in the region.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that remaining jobs will be throughout Ohio, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Akron.
State figures show Allstate was No. 3 in total auto-insurance premiums in Ohio 2011 and No. 2 in homeowners' insurance premiums.
Mary Bonelli, spokeswoman for the Ohio Insurance Institute, says the new jobs Allstate is bringing to Ohio reflect an industry that will need insurance professionals in the years to come. About half of the state's insurance work force is expected to turn over by 2025 as baby boomers retire.