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Castle Branch to bring headquarters, 420 jobs to Wilmington

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video After looking into opportunities in California and Canada, Castle Branch, which does background and drug screenings for employers, says Wilmington is the place it will continue to call home. Full story...
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DAK Americas might close Navassa plant

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videoDAK Americas is considering shutting down its plant in Navassa, the company said Wednesday. The Brunswick County plant employs 350 full-time employees as well as another 250 contract workers. Full story...
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Caravan supporting Filipino workers stopping in NC

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A national caravan traveling from New York to New Orleans in supports of Filipino migrant workers who have died or suffered injuries while working for Grand Isle Shipyard will stop in Chapel Hill. Full story...
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Obama pushes for higher minimum wage on plant tour

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videoPresident Barack Obama is pushing for a higher minimum wage because he says Americans who work full time should not be in poverty. Full story...
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NC bill would create new vocational HS diplomas

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A new bill working its way through the North Carolina legislature would create new high school graduation requirements focusing on vocational training to help graduating students not headed to college to get jobs. Full story...
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Food Lion parent company laying off 350 employees

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The parent company of Salisbury-based Food Lion grocery stores plans to lay off 350 corporate workers. Full story...
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NC House taking up unemployment insurance fix

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An unemployment insurance package that would eliminate North Carolina's $2.6 billion debt to the federal government by cutting jobless benefits and raising business taxes remains on the fast track at the General Assembly. Full story...
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Wilmington lagging in job creation

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video A recent North Carolina Department of Commerce study shows that Wilmington has the third worst job creation rate in the state of North Carolina, but one area business is helping to buck that trend. Full story...
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NC unemployment issue galvanizes business group

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A business coalition says fixing North Carolina's indebted unemployment insurance system will bring more certainty to companies and encourage job growth. Full story...
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McCrory wants NC college focus on in-demand jobs

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he's determined to get North Carolina's public university system focused on teaching what's economically useful. Full story...
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Group: McCrory should try to live on $350 a week

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Advocates for the unemployed are calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to live for one week on the maximum weekly unemployment benefit of $350 that lawmakers are considering. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders talk strategy to foster economic growth

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videoTuesday night Wilmington leaders reviewed last year's economic development and put a plan in place for further growth in 2013 at WHQR's public forum. Full story...
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Sneads Ferry experiencing building boom

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videoThe new year is bringing new business to Sneads Ferry. While some see dollar signs with new job opportunities, others say they're sad to see so much construction. To some, the sound of constructions it the sound of success. To others, it's something much different. Full story...
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County unemployment rates show big drop in Pender since Nov. '11

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video Pender County has shown the biggest improvement over the last year. The unemployment rate has dropped 2.4 points percent drop over the course of a year to 10.0 percent. That tied with two other counties for the second biggest drop in the entire state since November 2011. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate drops slightly in November

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video North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in November from a month earlier as the state gained nearly 35,000 new jobs. The state Commerce Department released figures Friday showing that the rate dropped to 9.1 percent from 9.3 percent in October. Full story...
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