Jobs http://wfae.org en NC Almost Done Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department http://wfae.org/post/nc-almost-done-privatizing-part-commerce-department <p>The North Carolina House and Senate are finalizing significant changes to how the state recruits and retains businesses. The chambers have passed slightly different versions of a bill to privatize part of the state Commerce Department.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:43:29 +0000 Michael Tomsic 52775 at http://wfae.org NC Almost Done Privatizing Part Of Commerce Department The Internship Economy http://wfae.org/post/internship-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An internship has long been considered the key to employment. In 2012, 60 percent of college graduates who took part in a paid internship received at least one job offer. Thirty-seven percent of graduates who took unpaid internships received job offers. But, surprisingly, 36 percent of graduates who didn't participate in any type of internship received job offers. That’s a small difference for a lot more, unpaid work. Are unpaid internships worth it? Under what circumstances should interns be paid? Do unpaid internships comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act? We discuss the internship economy, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 32845 at http://wfae.org The Internship Economy Economic Update With John Connaughton http://wfae.org/post/economic-update-john-connaughton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to frequent guest, </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte Economics Professor John </span>Connaughton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the economy is on the upswing in almost every sector. Interest rates may be on the rise and the housing industry, at least in Charlotte, is really heating up. We'll look at all of those factors to see if this is a temporary jump or if the economy may be on the rise for the foreseeable future, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30877 at http://wfae.org Economic Update With John Connaughton Gaston Secures Federal Grant For High Tech Job Center http://wfae.org/post/gaston-secures-federal-grant-high-tech-job-center <p>Like the rest of the state, Gaston County is facing a shortage of people with the skills required to work in&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">today's high tech factories. Gaston College hopes to address the issue with a training center for students and local residents. This week, the college received a </span><a href="http://www.eda.gov/news/pressreleases/2013/07/01/nc.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">one-and-a half million dollar grant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the U.S. Department of Commerce.</span></p><p></p><p> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 00:51:40 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 30751 at http://wfae.org Gaston Secures Federal Grant For High Tech Job Center Cleveland County Approves Incentives For Unknown Company http://wfae.org/post/cleveland-county-approves-incentives-unknown-company <p>Cleveland County commissioners took a bit of an unusual vote Tuesday night at a public hearing. The commission approved tax incentives to lure a new business to Shelby—that part’s pretty standard. The strange part is that they don’t know what the business does.</p><p>Commissioners and documents just refer to the company as Project Gnome. Even commission chairman Ronald Hawkins doesn’t know the identity.</p><p>“I prefer not to know the details about the project, other than that there will be jobs [and] they will be good jobs,” Hawkins says.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:08:07 +0000 Ben Bradford 29726 at http://wfae.org Cleveland County Approves Incentives For Unknown Company Long-Term Unemployment http://wfae.org/post/long-term-unemployment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, nearly half a million North </span>Carolinans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and 43,000&nbsp;</span>Charlotteans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are jobless. Recently we found out that the state’s unemployment rate for April was 8.9 percent, the first time since 2009 that it has dropped below nine percent. That’s the good news. But on July 1, House Bill 4 will cut North Carolina’s unemployment benefits making it the only state in the U.S. to lose the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program. This program is 100 percent funded and currently provides benefits to over 70,000 out of work North Carolinians who have exhausted their state benefits. There are local organizations assisting with workforce development and providing resources to the unemployed, but will they be able to help everyone who is about to lose their benefits? A conversation about the long-term unemployed, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 28812 at http://wfae.org Long-Term Unemployment Changed Choices Gives One Woman A Second Chance http://wfae.org/post/changed-choices-gives-one-woman-second-chance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nationally, more than a quarter of all women who end up in prison, <a href="http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/page.cfm?id=138" target="_blank">return to prison</a>. A local nonprofit, Changed Choices, works to change that by providing support to female offenders from when they first enter prison and follows them even after they leave.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After nearly a decade of work, only four percent of its clients have returned to prison.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 13:12:43 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 26246 at http://wfae.org Changed Choices Gives One Woman A Second Chance MetLife To Bring 2,600 Jobs To Charlotte And Cary http://wfae.org/post/metlife-bring-2600-jobs-charlotte-and-cary <p>In what’s billed as the biggest jobs announcement in state history, Gov. Pat McCrory Thursday announced the arrival of 2,600 jobs with insurance giant MetLife, with half coming to Charlotte.</p><p>MetLife, America’s largest life insurer, would add jobs in Cary and Charlotte. MetLife, America’s largest life insurer, would add jobs in Charlotte and Cary by the end of 2015 in what will be a $125.5 million investment.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:09:39 +0000 Jim Morrill/The Charlotte Observer 22800 at http://wfae.org Freightliner Cuts 1,200 Charlotte-Area Jobs http://wfae.org/post/freightliner-cuts-1200-charlotte-area-jobs <p></p><p>The numbers are in on Daimler Chrysler’s plan to lay off&nbsp;workers at its three Charlotte area Freightliner plants. The tally is 1,200 jobs.</p><p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:19:49 +0000 Ben Bradford 20530 at http://wfae.org Freightliner Cuts 1,200 Charlotte-Area Jobs A Sign Of Surging Construction In Mecklenburg http://wfae.org/post/sign-surging-construction-mecklenburg <p></p><p>Mecklenburg County is adding 18 new building inspectors, in response to an expected surge in construction, but that has not necessarily led to a surge in construction jobs.</p><p>Mecklenburg Code Enforcement Director Jim Bartl says his office has been steadily getting busier. By spring, he expects to be so busy that his office will need the new staff.</p><p>“What we’ve been observing, which is a trend for 21 months especially on the commercial side, is a slow climb out of the depths of the recession,” Bartl says.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:14:11 +0000 Ben Bradford 17125 at http://wfae.org A Sign Of Surging Construction In Mecklenburg