Health care. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center added 1,900 jobs in 2011 and anticipates increasing employment by 1,900 jobs in 2012. That increase includes about 250 jobs at its new hospital in Monroeville, and about 800 jobs at the UPMC health insurance plan. UPMC, with its large hospital network, is the region's largest employer with 40,600 people.
2) Consol Energy Corp., Cecil. The diversified coal and natural gas producer hired 1,455 people in 2011 for its coal operations, natural gas and support services. The company's coal operations experienced the largest gain, adding 1,174 workers. Consol has said it is seeking to replace miners who are close to retirement age. The company hired 281 people for its support services, which includes its land resources personnel, and 66 for its natural gas operations.
3) Natural gas industry. The boom in the Marcellus shale industry has created thousands of jobs. State statistics show the Pittsburgh region in October had 8,500 mining and logging jobs, including those in natural gas and oil, which was 1,000 more than the year before. Gas producer Talisman Energy Inc. in Cranberry said it would add as many as 165 jobs. Halliburton Inc. of Houston, Texas, said it would create 865 jobs in Pennsylvania. Weatherwood International, which provides gas field services from offices in Leetsdale, Canonsburg and Elderton, announced it would create about 200 jobs.
4) Financial activities. Bank of New York Mellon added about 250 employees in the Pittsburgh region in the first nine months of 2011, increasing employment to nearly 7,800. During the past five years, BNY Mellon said it added almost 1,700 positions in the Pittsburgh region. The bank announced last year it planned to cut about 1,500 jobs corporate-wide, but BNY Mellon declined to reveal how many of those positions would be in the Pittsburgh region.
5) Florida-based TRG announced plans to add 360 customer service jobs at its call centers in Findlay and Indiana County.
6) Farmers Insurance Group Inc. said it planned to create 100 to 400 jobs in Western Pennsylvania by the end of 2011, and more than 500 jobs within five years. The company opened its first Pittsburgh area office in Robinson. New employees will receive insurance industry training through University of Farmers, which trains agents in all aspects of insurance.
7) G4S Secure Solutions Inc., Moon. The British security firm is seeking to hire 200 security guards to provide security services to Consol Energy's corporate headquarters, Consol's mines and its natural gas drilling sites.
8) Cigna Corp., Philadelphia. The health care insurance company announced plans to hire 164 nurses, behavioral clinicians, health educators, advocates and other workers for its office in North Fayette.
9) Ensinger Inc., North Strabane. Ensinger said in July that it would hire 150 employees for its plastics manufacturing plant. Ensinger develops and produces extruded, cast and compression-molded stock shapes and finished components from plastic and composite polymers. The products are used in medical and health care technology, food processing, energy, aerospace and defense.
10) TMK Ipsco, Chicago. From steel produced at its plant in Koppel, Beaver County, the Russian-owned steelmaker serves the oil field and natural gas industries with welded and seamless pipe made at its Ambridge plant. The company announced in February it will add 80 to 100 jobs.
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