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8:48 am
Wed December 3, 2014

NC Environment Secretary To Take Helm At Commerce Dept. ‘He understands customer service’

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker (left) announced at a press conference at the Old Capitol Building that she's stepping down. Gov. Pat McCrory (center) said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla (far right) would succeed Decker. Skvarla was joined by his wife, Elizabeth.
Credit Jorge Valencia

There will be some key changes to Governor Pat McCory’s cabinet in the New Year. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker is stepping down. And Environment Secretary John Skvarla will be the new head of the commerce department. The two positions are central to the governor's plan to attract businesses to North Carolina.

The governor feels very passionately about the members of his cabinet, or as he prefers to call it: his team. Yesterday, he was in front of a crowd in the historic chambers of the Old Capitol building, and beside him was Sharon Decker.

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Planet Money
1:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 4:38 pm

We've written a lot about how income has changed (or not) for the rich, middle class and poor in the U.S. We've written much less about what the rich, middle class and poor actually do for work.

To remedy that, we made this graph. It shows the 10 most popular jobs in each income bracket. Click on each job to see where it appears in different income brackets.

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Business & Economy
9:37 am
Fri September 19, 2014

The Triangle's Brainpower, Airport Draw Tech Expansion, And 1200 New Jobs

Credit HCL Technologies

A $5 billion global tech company announced today that it's expanding its operations in Wake County.  Now, the company plans to create more than 1,237 new jobs in Cary.

HCL Technologies is an India-based information technology company. They cover a huge range of services, from equipment manufacturing to airline transport logistics, to energy utility billing.

Rajiv Sodhi is the chief workforce competitive officer at HCL. He says they were looking for a place to centralize service for customers on the east coast.

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Business & Economy
8:43 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Shaved Ice And Syrup - Cool Biz Model That Employs Youth

Pelican's Snoball on Fayetteville Street in Durham, NC.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Economists and politicians say it’s becoming easier for most adults to get a job these days. But if you are a “young” adult, your story may be different.

Years into the economic recovery, there are still a lot of unemployed and underemployed people, which is slowing the recovery for young adults.

And in North Carolina, the jobless rate for that group is especially high. 

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Politics & Government
7:52 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Incentives Bill Spurs Debate Among Legislators

Credit Matthew Lenard

State lawmakers are at odds over intertwined bills that many argue are postponing the adjournment of the legislative session.

One of those measures -- House Bill 1224 -- is loaded with job-creation incentives aimed at luring businesses to the state. It would also cap local sales taxes. 

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Business & Economy
3:21 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

LISTEN: This Is What Your Voice Should Not Sound Like In A Job Interview

Could your voice be holding you back in the office?
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When you go into a job interview, you’re being judged on so many different things - far more than your knowledge of the industry. Many employers asses how you dress, your body language, how enthusiastic you are. For some women a new Duke study shows that even your voice may play a factor. 

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Business & Economy
8:54 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Baby Boomers Worry About Their Nest Egg

A survey from PNC Financial shows that many retirees are worried about having enough money to live on.
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Baby Boomers have less financial security in retirement than their parents did. That's according to a PNC Financial survey.

The company recently surveyed about 1,200 adults across the country and found that half of retirees are worried about running out of money.

Kathy Kraeblen is a senior wealth advisor for PNC in Raleigh. She said previous generation had a combination of a pension, social security and better savings habits, and they didn't live as long. But, Kraeblin said, Boomers can still learn to budget and re-adjust their investments.

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Business & Economy
9:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

No Evidence That Low-Paid Immigrants Are "Taking" NC Jobs

Credit NC Bankers Association

A new study is challenging the notion that low-paid immigrant populations are "taking" jobs from native North Carolinians.

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Business & Economy
7:37 am
Fri March 21, 2014

"Recruit Military" Job Fair A Hit In Raleigh

Matthew Morrow of Merck talks with veterans at "Recruit Military" job fair.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Hundreds of military veterans from across the Triangle region and beyond packed a special job fair Thursday in Raleigh. 

This job fair at Carter-Finley Stadium was for veterans like Jimmy Hicks of Cameron, near Ft. Bragg.

“Usually I get at least one or two calls back when I attend a job fair," said Hicks.  “Hey, if you get one, I think that’s a good thing."

Hicks retired from the Army in 2000.  He's looking for a career in telecommunications.  His job with Verizon was outsourced some years ago.

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Business & Economy
8:38 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Unemployment Shrinks With North Carolina’s Labor Force

North Carolina gained 70,000 jobs in 2013, but the workforce shrank by 60,000 people.
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The state unemployment rate is dropping, but the labor force is also shrinking. 

The North Carolina Department of Commerce reports unemployment fell from 8.8 percent in January 2013 to 6.7 percent in January 2014.  But that number doesn't include people who have stopped looking for work.  The state's labor force is made up of people who work or are trying to find jobs, and that pool shrank by more than 60,000 people during the year. 

North Carolina State University Economist Michael Walden said 2013 was somewhat of a disappointing year for job growth.

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