In spite of economic challenges and rumors that it is cutting its agent force, Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate is steadily moving forward, expanding both offices and staff across the country.

In 2009, more than 50 new agents opened Allstate agencies across the Southern Region. In April, Insurance Networking News reported that Allstate announced a major effort to expand in Texas with plans to open at least 130 new agencies.  And earlier this month, Allstate reportedly sought to recruit about 40 Oklahomans as exclusive agents to open new Allstate offices, particularly in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.

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