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ChannelAdvisor resumes hiring

ChannelAdvisor is hiring. A few years back, that wouldn't be stop-the-presses sort of news.

But this is the great recession, after all. And it is the same technology company that in January announced its second layoffs in four months, cutting about 50 workers, including 25 at its headquarters in Research Triangle Park.

Now its business has improved and the company is hoping to hire 20-25 people, mostly in sales but also a few engineers.

"In January, we were sitting there looking over a cliff and we didn't know what was at the bottom," said CEO Scot Wingo. "The word a lot of our partners are using is 'stabilized,' which is good."

Offshoring increasing

A new study from Duke University and the Conference Board offers some
chilling news for workers: The percent of U.S. companies with an
offshoring strategy more than doubled from 2005 to 2008.

Last year, more than 50 percent of the companies surveyed said they
had a plan for putting some of their work in countries other than the
United States. That was up from 22 percent in 2005. Sixty percent of
the companies that already had some operations overseas said they had
aggressive plans to expand those activities.

Triangle jobless rate dropped in June

Triangle joblessness dropped in June, adding to optimism that the worst of the recession is over.

Unemployment for the eight-county area that includes Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties fell to 8.5 percent from 8.8 percent in May.

That's according to figures reported this morning by the N.C. Employment Security Commission and adjusted for seasonal effects by Wells Fargo in Charlotte.

"Given the magnitude of this drop it is hard to dismiss it," said Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities. "Layoffs appear to have peaked in the private sector, but we still expect hiring to remain sluggish as businesses continue to focus on cost cutting."

Brake-parts company to add jobs in Fletcher

Continental Automotive plans to add 338 jobs in Henderson County, giving an economic boost to a western region of North Carolina.

State commerce officials this morning approved incentives worth as much as $2.16 million to attract the project to Fletcher, N.C. Continental already has 288 employees there, where the subsidiary of a German conglomerate makes brake parts.

The new jobs will pay average annual salaries of $36,179.

Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to announce the jobs at a press conference in Fletcher, south of Asheville, this morning.

Brake-parts company to add jobs in Fletcher

Continental Automotive plans to add 338 jobs in Henderson County, giving an economic boost to a western region of North Carolina.

State commerce officials this morning approved incentives worth as much as $2.16 million to attract the project to Fletcher, N.C. Continental already has 288 employees there, where the subsidiary of a German conglomerate makes brake parts.

The new jobs will pay average annual salaries of $36,179.

Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to announce the jobs at a press conference in Fletcher, south of Asheville, this morning.

N.C. jobless rate dips to 11 percent

Is it a glimmer of hope or just more job seekers throwing in the towel?

North Carolina unemployment dropped slightly in June, but it likely does not signal the recession is finished exacting pain on the state's workers.

Joblessness fell to 11 percent from 11.1 percent in May, according to data released this morning by the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

The labor force, though, also declined by 10,347 workers during the month.

That indicates some people grew frustrated and gave up on finding a job altogether.

Need a job? The Census is hiring

The U.S. Census Bureau are looking to hire a few good people.

They're seeking applications for management positions at 10 census offices that will open this fall in North Carolina, including one in Durham.

The full-time, temporary positions include local census office manager and assistant managers for field operations, recruiting, administration, quality assurance and technology. Pay ranges from $17 to $33.50 an hour. 

To qualify, you must live in the area that the office is based, clear a FBI background check, pass a written management test, complete the application process and meet other requirements. 

Interested? Go to www.census.gov/rocha/www/2010emply.html.

Veronica Scott at her first job fair

Tags: audio | Business | economy | jobs | News

Listen as Veronica Scott talks about attending her first job fair as an unemployed worker and her thoughts on finding a new job.

Matt Klein at Joblink Career Expo

Matt Klein, 46, of Apex, participates in his first job fair since being laid off.

Job fair draws a crowd

See photos from the Joblink Career Expo held in Raleigh. Staff photos by Corey Lowenstein.

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