New York Life insurance company has announced plans to hire more than 3,000 workers over the next year. The news came as the agency said it was coming off another successful recruitment effort, hiring more than 3,600 agents in 2011.

Company officials said they were especially interested in women and those individuals who could help serve the ethnic market. New York Life wants to fill more than 3,700 positions.

“The demand for financial professionals is strong," said New York Life vice president in charge of recruiting Rich Simonetti. "The company is committed to growing its agent force, more than 12,250 strong, who represent a key market differentiator among life insurers and one that has kept New York Life an industry leader in good times and bad.”

Meanwhile, more positive job news was announced by Northwestern Mutual, as the company said it was hiring 60 more workers for its Milwaukee headquarters. The announcement came in addition to previous reports that the life insurance firm was planning to increase its U.S. workforce by more than 5,000 financial professionals this year.

Northwestern Mutual said it will be looking for a range of skills including technological ability, financial acumen and a college degree for the new corporate positions.

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