Allstate Insurance Company said it wants to bring close to 300 additional jobs to Texas focused on both agency ownership and sales.

The U.S.’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer explained it hopes to recruit 130 new agency owners in Texas through 2015. Ideally, Allstate wants qualified mid-career, mid-level managers seeking to own and operate their own business. As well, existing Allstate agency owners are recruiting to fill more than 300 sales jobs across the state.

Allstate said the Lone Star State’s continued population growth is a major factor behind its expansion strategy there.

“Texas continues to see population expansion in cities across the state, which presents opportunities for small business owners to protect and serve families in those communities,” Dave Campbell, Allstate’s Texas Strategic Deployment Leader, said in prepared remarks.

Booming population growth is drawing other carriers beyond Allstate to expand in Texas.

Earlier this year, XL Group, a global insurance and reinsurance company, disclosed it was boosting its global risk management, construction specialty and inland marine underwriting expertise at its Dallas office.

Wayne Speeg, regional leader for XL Group’s South Central region, said in prepared remarks at the time that Texas population growth “means that more companies have more assets – property, employees, and sales – that require appropriate insurance protection and more risk management attention.”

Source: Allstate