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Hundreds of jobs coming to Guilford County; announcement set for Tuesday morning
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Local leaders, along with Gov. Roy Cooper, will announce Tuesday morning several hundred jobs coming to the Triad from City Hall. Though specifics have not been released, this will make the 23rd job announcement in the past 15 months in Guilford County. Myfox8.com
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Accenture to add 15,000 new U.S. jobs by 2020
Accenture has pledged to create 15,000 highly skilled new jobs in the U.S. by 2020, backed by $1.4 billion in training and support. The new jobs will expand the consultancy's total workforce in the U.S. by 30 percent to more than 65,000 people within four years, the company said last Friday. Accenture also said it plans to open 10 new innovation hubs in key U.S. cities to help it work more closely with clients. Channelnomics.com
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How North Carolina Can Save Jobs From The Coming Silver Tsunami
North Carolina has struggled over the past decade to create positive net employment growth. Some 2.2 million jobs have been lost since 2010 as a result of existing companies closing their doors. In particular, North Carolina has seen its share of high-wage manufacturing jobs leave the state in recent years. Once known for its thriving textile and furniture sectors, the state continues to look for ways to bring good-paying jobs back to its more rural areas, which have been the hardest hit by the shifting economic tide of recent years. Forbes
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Trump is making promises on coal mining jobs he can’t possibly keep
Donald Trump has been president for a month, and his supporters are already praising him for bringing back US coal mining jobs — even though he hasn’t, really. Here’s a sample quote from a Trump backer in Florida, via Jenna Johnson and David Weigel of the Washington Post: “If he hadn’t gotten into office, 70,000 miners would have been put out of work” ... “I saw the ceremony where he signed that bill, giving them their jobs back, and he had miners with their hard hats and everything — you could see how happy they were.” A few things to point out here: Vox.com
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Sorry, Coal. Solar Is Where the Jobs Are
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump donned a miner’s hat and promised to bring coal jobs back. “Get ready,” he told the embattled industry, “you’re going to work your asses off!” Those pledges helped win over voters in the nation’s Rustbelt, but they ignore America’s new energy reality: The jobs aren’t in coal. According to a recent report from the Energy Department, the coal electric generation sector employed just 86,035 people—57,325 of them miners—in 2016. That’s far fewer than the number who now work in solar: 370,000, up 25% from 2015. The wind-energy workforce, meanwhile, ballooned 32%, to 101,738, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics pronounced “wind turbine service technician” the nation’s fastest-growing occupation, projecting 108% growth between 2014 and 2024. Fortune
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Florida Power & Light races to a solar future
After being part of a coalition that tried to slow third-party solar growth in the Sunshine State as recently as October, the state’s biggest utility announced plans to add eight new solar power plants by early next year. Pv-magazine.com
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Unisys moves hub to Augusta, creating 100 new jobs in 2017
AUGUSTA, GA-- From cyber to construction; business is booming in Augusta. And now, the technology-based company Unisys is adding to the city's growing job count. This time last year I was on the Riverwalk as officials cut the ribbon to announce seven hundred new jobs coming to the area. Now, Unisys is closing it's Rochester location and making Augusta its hub. And with that new title, comes new jobs. Officials say this transition will create about one hundred jobs in Augusta this year. Wfxg.com
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Alorica to add 600 jobs to Guilford County workforce
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — National call center and customer services company Alorica Inc. will be adding 600 jobs to the Guilford County workforce, county officials announced at a news conference Tuesday. Myfox8.com
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Corning to expand - 200 new jobs in Midland, 210 in Catawba
RALEIGH- Corning Incorporated and its subsidiary, Corning Optical Communications LLC, will invest $176 million in facilities in Catawba and Cabarrus counties, creating 410 jobs over the next two years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Independenttribune.com
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OUR VIEW: Workforce development boosts Alabama exports
"Made in Alabama" is more than a slogan based on figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2016, Alabama exports totaled $20.55 billion, an increase of 6.4 percent from the previous year and nearly $1 billion more than the previous record in 2012. This is part of a decade-long trend, government statistics show, with exports climbing 48 percent since 2006. The Gadsden Times
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For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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