Auto insurance company Progressive Corporation has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 workers across five states.

The Associated Press reports the insurance agency is looking to fill a variety of positions including sales, claims and services.

In all, Cleveland-based Progressive said it expects to hire 1,106 new employees in Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Florida and Arizona.

The largest number of new employees, 390, will be hired for the company's Riverview call center in Tampa Bay, Florida.

John Hoppe, Progressive's national employment director, told the Tampa Bay Times that the job growth is largely driven by the company's ability to build its customer base and beat out its competitors.

"It's certainly the largest (hiring push) for us in the last five years, both in Tampa Bay and companywide," Hoppe added. "There are some out there who say auto insurance is a leading indicator for the economy," he said. "I'm not sure. I'm hopeful, but it's too difficult to say. We're able to continue growing in a down economy or an up economy."

Most of the entry-level jobs will start with a base pay of $12 to $15 per hour.

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