Farmers Insurance Group plans to lay off nearly 200 people at its recently acquired 21st Century Insurance division over the next three weeks.
Since August the company has laid off 343 people at the Woodland Hills headquarters of 21st Century, which Farmers bought in July.
Farmers spokesman Mark Toohey said the layoffs were part of a plan to streamline operations at the two companies. An additional 95 jobs will be eliminated next year, he said.
Farmers completed its purchase of 21st Century from troubled insurance giant American International Group Inc. on July 1.
With the merger, Farmers -- a traditional insurance company that sells home, automobile, life and other insurance products through a network of agents -- added 21st Century's system for selling auto insurance directly to motorists via telephone and the Internet.