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NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc, the third largest U.S. health insurer, will move its corporate headquarters to New York City next year, making it the latest company to leave Connecticut as the state raises taxes and deals with a budget deficit.
New York will get about 250 new workers with the move, while Aetna will keep thousands of jobs in Connecticut and hold onto its Hartford campus. It has about 6,000 employees in the state, most of them in the Hartford area.
The move comes after Aetna and General Electric publicly criticized the state of Connecticut in 2015 for its taxes and business climate.
Later that year, Aetna agreed to be bought by Humana Inc , and a decision about its headquarters was delayed. General Electric announced last year that it was moving its headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston.
The Humana deal was terminated earlier this year. A few months later, Aetna said it was considering several locations for a new headquarters.
After the move to the new building in Manhattan, Aetna will have between 1,000 and 2,000 employees in New York.
Regarding its operations in Connecticut, the company said on its website, "Aetnas long-term commitment to Connecticut will be based on the states economic health." (Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Taylor Harris)