Chase Bank and the financial arm of General Electric (GE) have announced plans to create hundreds of new positions in central Ohio and New Orleans, respectively.

In central Ohio, Chase said it will add at least 350 jobs over the next five years as the financial giant continues it hiring spree that has already added 2,500 employees in Columbus over the past year, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

The bank said it will invest $18 million to refurbish its Polaris offices and move some workers to free up space at its McCoy Center. The new jobs will include information technology, business, wealth management and business positions, which could carry salaries into the six figures, according to the news agency.

Chase is the region's largest private employer.

In New Orleans, GE Capital said it will add hundreds of new jobs to the local workforce when it opens a new information technology center in the city, WDSU News reports.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told the news source that on top of the direct employment of 300 people by GE, the new facility will also create an additional 301 indirect jobs.

The new center is expected to open this summer.

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