Hiring Heats Up: Companies Hiring in 2011

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While the pace of recovery has been modest, the steady improvement of the U.S. economy in 2011 has prompted companies across the country to add jobs, open locations and replace laid-off workers.

The latest jobs report by the Labor Department, published on May 26, showed that the number of Americans filing unemployment claims unexpectedly rose by 10,000 to 424,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week ended May 21, from an upwardly revised 414,000.

The previous jobs report, however, was upbeat and shored up confidence in the country's labor market recovery. The Labor Department said on May 19 that the number of Americans filing unemployment claims dropped by 29,000 to 409,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week ended May 14, from an upwardly revised 438,000. Economists were expecting jobless claims to drop to 420,000 from the previous week's originally reported figure of 434,000, according to Briefing.com.

Although the May 12 initial jobless claims report was somewhat disappointing, it nevertheless registered a drop in Americans filing unemployment claims for the first time.

The reading fell by 44,000 to 434,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis in the week ended May 7. Economists were expecting jobless claims to drop to 423,000.

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Financial services firm Citigroup ( C) wants to expand its Asia markets division by 150 positions this year, Reuters reported on May 31.

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Citi is looking to hire more people in order to bolster its equity, commodity and foreign exchange businesses in the region, Reuters reported.

"Commodities is a space where we have not been punching our weight in Asia in the breadth and depth or products, but that is changing fast," Rodrigo Zorrilla, Citi's Asia Pacific head of Markets, told Reuters during an interview.

Citi is planning to hire at about the same pace as in 2010, according to the report.

The General Dynamics' ( GD) Pittsfield, Mass plant has hired more than 100 new employees in the last four months and plans to continue expanding its staff after winning a contract to help build Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy, CBS 6 reported on May 31.

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The combat systems company foresees hiring another 400 employees for new high tech jobs over the next five years, says CBS 6.

The report said the company celebrated these new job additions on May 31 and that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was present for the event.

Each combat ship will cost about $500 million to construct, the report said.

Automaker Honda ( HMC) will create 1,000 jobs at its southeastern Indiana plant by the end of the year as it adds a second shift, the Associated Press reported on May 31.

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Greensburg plant spokeswoman Anita Sipes says the additional shift will double its workforce, AP reported.

Honda has been looking to add a second shift since the plant opened in 2008, but the plan was put on hold due to the recession.

The report says the additional shift will allow the Greensburg plant, which makes the Honda Civic sedan and the Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicles, to double production capacity to 200,000 vehicles a year.

Amazon ( AMZN) expects to create 500 permanent and 400 temporary jobs in Scotland as it ramps up technical support for the Kindle, Reuters reported on May 25.

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The jobs are being created as the online retail giant opens a new customer service center in Edinburgh.

The facility will focus on providing technical support for the popular Kindle electronic reading device, but also handle customer inquiries, as Amazon increases its product offerings, Reuters reported. The facility is expected to be up and running in August.

Bank of America ( BAC) said on May 24 that it has hired more than 75 small business bankers in the Mid-Atlantic states.

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The hiring took place in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

The hirings are part of Bank of America's plan to hire more than 1,000 new small business bankers across the country.

The Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area was among the first three markets to begin hiring, along with Dallas and the greater Los Angeles area, the company said in a press release.

Bank of America said it has extended $18 billion of credit to small businesses in 2010, up from $16.5 billion in 2009.

GE Capital, the financing arm of conglomerate General Electric ( GE) will hire 1,000 new employees in Chicago over the next three years, the Chicago Tribune reported on May 23.

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The newspaper said Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement on Monday, during his first week in office.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel said GE Capital was expanding its operations in Chicago based on the growing local economy and the unit's presence in the West Loop area of Chicago.

No city subsidies were offered, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Lowe's ( LOW) said on May 23 that it plans to hire up to 300 new information technology professionals.

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The new hires will join more than 1,000 full-time IT professionals at Lowe's. They will be based at Lowe's corporate headquarters in Mooresville, N.C.

"Lowe's is looking for the most knowledgeable and talented IT professionals to help us meet our goal of supporting an industry-leading technology infrastructure that provides the best platforms and tools to exceed our customers' expectations and create a first-class work environment for our employees," the company said in a press release.

Lowe's had fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion. The world's second-largest home improvement retailer serves about 15 million customers a week at more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Online retail giant Amazon ( AMZN) said on May 16 that its Bradley and Hamilton County, Tenn. customer-service centers are seeking to fill hundreds of full-time jobs.

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The positions are becoming available ahead of the facilities' expected openings in fall 2011.

Amazon says the jobs will come with comprehensive health care benefits.

"In addition, Amazon is evaluating locations for as many as three additional fulfillment centers in Tennessee, creating as many as 2,700 full-time jobs and up to 4,000 seasonal jobs across the state," the company announced in a press release.

General Motors ( GM) said on May 10 that it plans to spend $2 billion on U.S. plants in order to satisfy strong demand.

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The investment is expected to spread between 17 plants in eight states and create or preserve more than 4,000 jobs.

"We are doing this because we are confident about demand for our vehicles and the economy," GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said during an event at the automaker's 54-year-old Toledo, Ohio transmission plant. "This new investment is on top of $3.4 billion and more than 9,000 jobs that GM has added or saved since mid-2009."

Akerson said GM will invest $204 million to retain about 250 jobs at the Toledo plant.

Over the next few months, GM will make specific facility investment announcements depending on the successful completion of state and local incentives in some communities.

Appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg ( HGG) said on May 9 that it's looking to fill about 600 positions for ten new stores scheduled to open in South Florida this summer.

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"As we expand operations in Southeastern Florida by entering the Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, now is an exciting time to join the hhgregg team," Dennis May, President and CEO of hhgregg, said in a press release.

The company said that newly-hired sales associates will go through a comprehensive training program.

Hhgregg operates 173 stores across the United States.

Online retail giant Amazon ( AMZN) on May 9 announced plans to open a third order fulfillment center in Indiana, potentially creating hundreds of jobs.

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Amazon expects to create several hundred full-time jobs and hundreds of seasonal jobs at the facility this year.

The roughly 900,000-square-foot facility will be located in Indianapolis.

Amazon operates two fulfillment centers in Whitestown and Plainfield, Ind., bringing its total footprint in the state to about 2.5 million square feet. These locations are staffed with thousands of employees.

Retail giant Walmart ( WMT) announced on May 4 that it plans to create more than 4,000 jobs in South Carolina over the next five years.

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Walmart says it will open dozens of new stores throughout South Carolina over the next five years.

"We believe South Carolina is a great investment," said Bill Simon, CEO of Walmart U.S.. "We will open dozens of new stores in communities across the state -- creating jobs, driving economic growth and offering South Carolinians the broadest assortment of goods at our everyday low prices."

Walmart said the new stores will use energy-efficient and sustainable technology to reduce power and water consumption and reduce waste.

The company employs 28,000 people in South Carolina.

General Motors ( GM) said on May 4 that it will create 250 additional jobs in Kentucky to support the production of the next-generation Chevrolet sports car.

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GM said the jobs will be created as the automaker invests $131 million in its Bowling Green assembly plant to support production of the next generation Chevrolet Corvette.

"This is a significant day for anyone who believes that America should build world-class, high-performance products," Mark Reuss, GM North America president, said in a statement.

The plant in Bowling Green is scheduled to continue building the current generation Corvette for at least the next two model years, including the 2012 model year that begins this summer. The investment for the next-generation Corvette begins to take effect during this period.

Internet retail giant Amazon ( AMZN) said on May 4 that it will create several hundred full-time jobs at a new customer service center in Sumner, Wash. this year.

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The full-time jobs will be in addition to hundreds of seasonal jobs during the holiday season, the company said.

Amazon anticipates the facility will be 500,000-square-feet in size and completed this summer.

On Apr. 27, the Associated Press reported that Amazon said it will construct a 70,000-square-foot customer service center at Kinetic Park in Huntington, W.Va. and create 200 full-time jobs by the end of 2014.

Amazon in April also announced that it was seeking to fill full-time positions in Phoenix and Goodyear, Ariz.; Coffeyville, Kan.; New Castle, Del.; Fernley and Las Vegas, Nev.; Kentucky; and Pennsylvania.

JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) announced on Apr. 27 that it will add between 500 and 1,000 mortgage-servicing jobs to its Central Ohio workforce when it moves into new offices in Gahanna later this year.

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Chase is the region's largest private employer with 17,000 employees in Columbus.

"Chase continues to invest in Central Ohio and create good jobs because we have had excellent success with workers here," said James Malz, the president of Chase in Ohio. "We've had tremendous community support as we have expanded our workforce during the past few years."

The new employees will help homeowners around the country who are struggling with their monthly mortgage payments, Chase said in a statement.

Diversified global conglomerate General Electric ( GE) plans to open a technology center in suburban Richmond, Va., creating about 200 jobs over the coming years, the Associated Press reported on Apr. 13.

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said the center will be located in Henrico County, AP reported.

The jobs will focus on cyber security, network design, architecture, data management and application development.

On average, the jobs will pay twice as much as the typical wage for the region, says AP, citing Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng. Also, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support recruitment and training, the report noted.

General Electric has started announcing some of the job openings, according to the report.

Tech giant Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) said it will bring 50 new jobs to its cloud services center in Galway, Ireland, the Irish Independent reported on Apr. 13.

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HP said that the jobs will range from graduate to senior engineering positions and are separate from the 105 positions announced for the same center last December, the Irish Independent said.

The Irish Independent noted HP's recent, successful recruitment drive in the area, saying that the company's been able to fill job openings quickly.

Automaker General Motors ( GM) will create 30 hourly jobs and secure hundreds as it invests $100 million in a New York parts plant, Reuters reported on April 12.

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The jobs news was announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to Reuters. The report said that GM plans to manufacture a new fuel injection product line at the Rochester plant.

The plant would have closed if it weren't for workers' acceptance of second-tier wages, created to keep the automaker competitive, Reuters said, citing company and union officials.

The plant has 826 employees.

Online media firm AOL ( AOL) plans to hire up to 800 full-time employees at news operations across the country, while shying away from using freelancers, as it seeks to jumpstart sales growth, Bloomberg reported on Apr. 12.

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The news follows AOL's recent purchase of online news site Huffington Post.

Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington announced plans to ramp up news content at AOL's Patch web sites covering local news nationwide, Bloomberg reported.

Up to one, full-time reporter per Patch site may be hired, according to Bloomberg.

Consulting company ICF International ( ICFI) plans to create 539 jobs with the opening of a news operations center in Henry County, Va., the Associated Press reported on Apr. 11.

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AP said the facility, a $15 million project, will be situated in Patriot Centre Industrial Park.

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $2.1 million for the project, the report said.

ICF partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions.

Telecom giant AT&T ( T) said on April 11 that it plans to fill more than 130 openings in Connecticut at a job fair in Hartford this week.

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The job fair is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Apr. 14.

AT&T is seeking to hire installation technicians for AT&T's U-verse television and high-speed Internet service, service representatives, network repair technicians and to fill openings in retail sales and sales management and door-to-door sales. The majority of the positions are union-represented and all offer competitive wages and benefits, says AT&T.

AT&T said jobs are opening up as AT&T continues growing its wireless and U-verse business segments. Late last month, AT&T invested more than $750 million in its Connecticut wireless and wire line networks from 2008 through 2010.

Leading defense contractor Lockheed Martin ( LMT) is planning to hire 400 more employees at its aeronautics division in Marietta, Ga., the Marietta Daily Journal reported on Apr. 8.

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The Marietta Daily Journal attributed the news to a source close to the situation.

The division will mainly be seeking aircraft structural assemblers, according to the report.

In March, the Associated Press said that Lockheed Martin has received a $135.5 million contract to deliver 14 outer wing assembly kits and related support services for the Navy's P-3C aircraft.

The work would take place at the company's facilities in Marietta, Ga. and be be completed in June 2014, AP said.

Las Vegas Sands' ( LVS) unit Sands China is seeking 7,000 workers to run new sites at the Cotai gaming area of Macau, Macau Business reported on April 7.

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Macau Business reported that Sands China is working to open the first stage of parcels five and six -- a big gaming resort development -- by the end of this year and others in March and May next year.

The report said a Sands China executive spoke of the hiring intentions on the sidelines of a signing ceremony between Sands China and the Macau Institute of Management.

The parties had forged an agreement to jointly promote the development of management professionals through a seminar series that will run every two months beginning in May through 2012.

US Airways ( LCC) is bringing 200 full-time jobs to Winston-Salem, N.C., myfox8.com reported on April 6.

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Myfox8.com reported that Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines as saying a U.S. Airways spokesman confirmed the airline's job creation plans in the area.

New hires will be based at the airline's Reservation Center in the Madison Park area of North Carolina, the report said.

Myfox8.com also reported that the mayor said the new jobs are part of an agreement with the carrier's union to bring jobs back to the U.S. from abroad.

Tata Motors' ( TTM) Jaguar Land Rover division plans to create 1,000 jobs in West Midlands, England, the BBC reported on April 6.

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The engineering jobs are to be created over two years, the report said.

The hiring news arrives as Range Rover 2011 model sales rise 30% in March in the United Kingdom -- the highest monthly data in the business's 63-year history, the BBC reported.

The report also quoted a Land Rover spokesperson as saying the 1,000 new jobs being created are in addition to 1,500 apprenticeship jobs in Halewood, England.

PC giant Dell ( DELL) said on April 5 that it plans to open a new research and development center in California's Silicon Valley, a move that would expand its workforce to more than 1,500 in the area.

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The growth is expected to take place over the next five years, Dell said.

The new facility will enable Dell to consolidate much of its Northern California operations in phases over the next several quarters, the company said.

Dell will combine the operations of several area companies it has acquired, including Zing in Sunnyvale, Ocarina in San Jose, Scalent in Palo Alto and Everdream in Fremont, into about 240,000 square feet of leased space in two adjacent buildings on the Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, Calif.

The new Dell campus will have customer solutions and briefing centers, and a cafeteria and fitness center.

Engine maker Cummins ( CMI)is looking to hire 2,500 workers in the U.S. in 2011, The Associated Press reported on April 5.

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The report says Cummins is seeking to fill a wide range of positions in anticipation of the economic recovery.

Cummins does not yet know how many of the jobs will open up in Columbus, Ind., where the company is based, according to AP.

Since October, Cummins has spoke of plans to add 350 engineering, technical and other jobs in Columbus by spring 2012, the report said.

JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) announced that it will open about 100 branches in California and add more than 1,500 jobs in the state.

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The new branches will bring Chase's network to more than 900 bank branches and more than 3,000 ATMs across California.

"California is one of Chase's high-priority growth markets, and we plan to invest significantly in the people, facilities and technology needed to serve California consumers and businesses well," said Pablo Sanchez, head of Chase's western U.S. branch network.

Nearly half of Chase's new branches in 2011 will be in California.

Defense company Northrop Grumman ( NOC) plans to add 100 jobs to the Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota, KFYR-TV reported on March 28.

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This, as Northrop Grumman announces that it will operate high-tech unmanned aircraft from the Grand Forks Air Force base, the report said.

KFYR-TV said company representatives recently met with North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple as more details of the plan unfolded.

Northrop Grumman has already hired 29 people, said KFYR-TV.

Dalrymple anticipates that the unmanned aerial system, named Global Hawk, will be ready in May, according to the report.

McDonald's ( MCD) said on Apr. 4 that it expects to hire up to 50,000 workers on April 19.

Both part-time and full-time positions are being offered.

The hiring event will be taking place at about 14,000 restaurants country-wide.

McDonald's has more than 32,000 restaurants and 1.7 million employees worldwide.

The City of Austin, Texas said on March 31 that eBay ( EBAY) may create an additional 1,000 jobs in Austin over a ten-year period.

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This, as the City of Austin announced an economic development incentive proposal estimated at $1.2 million for eBay to expand its operations center in the city.

Salaries would average $122,576 a year, according the City of Austin.

The San Jose, Calif.-based e-commerce company currently has 250 employees in Austin.

Honda ( HMC) is looking to invest $94 million in its Lincoln, Ala. plant and create 20 more jobs there, the Associated Press reported on March 29.

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The Talladega County Commission has approved tax incentives for the project.

The project, scheduled for completion in mid-2012, will increase production capacity and flexibility in car and engine manufacturing.

Honda employs 4,000 people at its Lincoln plant.

Specialty department store Kohl's ( KSS) said on March 29 that it plans to bring 1,200 jobs to the Edgewood, Md. area over the next three years via a new e-commerce support center.

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The 602,000-square-foot distribution center is scheduled to open in July. Kohl's plans to expand the facility to 1 million-square-feet by 2012.

"We are committed to delivering on our promise to 'expect great things'. This new facility will ensure that Kohl's is able to accommodate the tremendous growth of our Kohls.com business," Ken Bonning, Kohl's executive vice president of store planning and logistics, said.

Kohl's operates 20 stores in Maryland.

Mass retailer Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is adding about 300 jobs at its new store in the Newberry Pointe shopping center in Newberry Township, Pa., the York Daily Record reported on March 28.

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The store is slated to open this spring, according to the report.

The company is seeking to fill both full-time and part-time positions, including supervisory positions, the report said. New workers will be staffed in all areas of the store, said the York Daily Record.

Most of the new hires will begin working in April, the report said.

Internet firm Yahoo! ( YHOO) expects manpower at its Bangalore, India headquarters to grow in the double digits this year, Indian Express reported on March 26.

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Yahoo! has about 2,000 employees at its Bangalore headquarters, making it the largest outside of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters, the publication noted.

"We are expecting to grow this centre and we are hiring as fast as we can to ramp up. We have pretty big hiring goals for this year," Indian Express cited Shouvick Mukherjee, vice-president and CEO of Yahoo! India Research and Development as saying.

"We want to make a strategic impact sitting here in India. The way we can make that is with innovation and execution of the products we are working on."

Logistics company YRC announced on March 23 that it will expand the size of its sales force to meet its growing customer needs.

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The search will take place nationwide, YRC said, though it did not quantify the numbers of workers to be hired.

"The growing demands and needs of our customers' supply chains makes it an exciting time to join YRC," Natalie Putnam, senior vice president of sales for YRC, said in a prepared statement.

YRC is a subsidiary of Overland Park, Kan.-based Fortune 500 company YRC Worldwide ( YRCW), a provider of transportation and logistics services.

More information about YRC job openings at can be found at http://www.yrcw.com/careers/.

SS&C Technologies ( SSNC) said it plans to create up to 500 jobs at a new technology center in Evansville, Ind. by 2014.

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SS&C plans to hire accountants, account managers, and sales and operations support staff, the company announced on March 23.

The financial software company said it plans to invest nearly $4 million to open the new technology center.

"We selected the state of Indiana and the city of Evansville based on several criteria, including the strong partnerships we have forged with the state and city, and the talent and skills available," said Bill Stone, chairman and chief executive officer of SS&C Technologies, in a prepared statement.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered SS&C Technologies up to $8.3 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans.

Automaker Chrysler is pressuring its U.S. dealers to hire more service workers and salesmen to boost auto sales by 32% this year, Bloomberg reported on March 22.

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Chrysler is 25% owned by Italian carmaker Fiat ( FIATY).

"Hiring additional personnel in preparation for the spring market is essential for success in 2011," Peter Grady, vice president of Chrysler's network development and fleet, said in a memo to dealers this month, according to Bloomberg.

"After analyzing our competitors and your 2010 financials, we believe there's still some work to do," Grady said in the memo.

The report said the automaker's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, wants to sell 2 million vehicles this year, mostly in the U.S.

Sports media company ESPN plans to bring 125 jobs to its Connecticut headquarters -- though mainly through a transfer of jobs from its New York offices, the Associated Press reported on March 22.

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ESPN's executive vice president for administration, Ed Durso, said consolidating the operations made "tremendous" business sense, according to the AP.

The company said it also plans to hire 70 employees for the child care center it opened last year.

ESPN made the announcement during a visit to its headquarters by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, according to the report.

ESPN is 80% percent owned by Walt Disney ( DIS) subsidiary ABC and 20% owned by The Hearst Corporation.

Computer firm ACS, recently acquired by Xerox ( XRX), plans to expand its Ridgeland, Miss.-based operations, the AP reported on March 22.

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ACS plans on adding 50 jobs for the expansion and up to 200 jobs over the next two years, according to the report.

The new jobs include programmers, analysts, developers and health care professionals, the AP reported.

The company also plans to offer jobs that will let employees work from home.

ACS hosted a job fair on March 22 and has another planned for March 29, the report said.

Commercial vehicles supplier Wabco's ( WBC) expansion plans in Rochester Hills, Mich., could create 100 engineering jobs, Patch.com reported on March 22.

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The positions are expected to open up over the next five years, according to the report.

The building of Wabco's new product development center has been made possible with the help of Rochester Hills City Council's approval of a two-year tax break for Wabco.

An initial $700,000 is being invested into the center, the Patch.com report said.

Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics leader Hhgregg ( HGG) said on March 21 that it's seeking to fill about 50 positions for a new store scheduled to open in Boardman, Ohio, this spring. It's the second announcement from the company this month about new stores spurring additional new hires.

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Positions are available for managers-in-training, sales associates, warehouse staff and customer service representatives for the new store.

Newly hired associates will undergo more than 200 hours of product training.

Applications can be filled out online at http://www.hhgregg-jobs.com/.

American Railcar Industries ( ARII ) will be adding hundreds of jobs in Arkansas in response to stronger rail car demand, the local news site KAIT8.com reported on March 17.

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American Railcar's human resources director, Dean Inman, said the company plans to add between 500 and 700 jobs at its plants in Marmaduke, Paragould and Kennett, Ark., by the end of 2011, according to KAIT8.com.

The company will be seeking a variety of workers from laborers, to painters, to welders, the report said.

The recruiting begins immediately.

Noble Energy ( NBL) has more than 60 job openings in the Niobrara Shale Formation in eastern Wyoming and Colorado amid an oil drilling boom across the American West, FOXNews.com reported on March 17.

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The report said Noble Energy is seeking field pumpers, petroleum engineers and specialists in information technology services and accounting, "just about in every discipline."

FOXNews reported that the oil drilling boom is creating "a wealth of job opportunities."

"We're increasing in Montana by thousands of jobs in drilling in what's called the Bakken (Shale Formation) in eastern Montana," the state's Governor Brian Schweitzer told Fox News. "It is the richest geologic structure in all of the United States."

In North Dakota, the jobless rate was 3.9% in 2010, the lowest in the U.S. for the third year in a row -- owing to the oil boom, FOXNews reported.

Walmart ( WMT) said on March 16 that it was opening two new Chicago stores that will help put the company well on its way to creating 10,000 jobs in the city by 2015.

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The new stores, combined with the company's existing projects, will create nearly 1,000 new jobs and 200 construction jobs.

The two new stores are opening in the underserved West Englewood community of Chicago.

The company anticipates opening six stores, including Walmart supercenters and express stores in Chicago between 2011 and 2013.

Spartan Motors ( SPAR) may be adding hundreds of jobs for the production of a new delivery vehicle in Charlotte, Mich., The Lansing State Journal reported on March 16.

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Spartan anticipates that it will begin hiring in the back half of next year. About 400 jobs will be created a its Charlotte plant by the end of 2017, The Lansing State Journal reported.

Job wages will average $648 a week.

Spartan also plans to seek a federally funded Community Development Block Grant of $1.12 million to purchase machinery and equipment, according to the report.

The DuPont ( DD) Chambers Works' plant is looking to fill 37 positions for a variety of roles, NJ.com reported on March 16.

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"Two factors contributed to our ability to offer these jobs," Plant Manager Timothy McDaniel was reported as saying by NJ.com.

"First, the economy is finally starting to come around, so demand for our products is increasing. Second, as our workforce matures, we are experiencing a significant number of retirements, and we need to hire backfills to maintain our organization."

The report said the plant wants to hire machinists, welders, electronics and instrument technicians, laboratory technicians and operators and may hire supervisors in the near future.

DuPont Chambers Works is Salem County, N.J.'s second largest employer

ViaSat ( VSAT) subsidiary WildBlue Communications will be creating about 30 new jobs with its new, larger headquarters, the Associated Press reported on March 16.

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The report said the high speed Internet service provider's new headquarters is 80,000-square-feet and based in Englewood, Colo.

The first day of business at the new headquarters is Monday, March 21, AP reported.

Openings include those for customer service representatives, software engineers, systems analysts and network operations center technicians, according to the report.

Jefferies Group ( JEF) is bringing on board five equity bankers in India from Credit Suisse ( CS), Reuters reported on March 15.

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Reuters said sources reported that Govindarajan Chellappa, a director in research, and Kunal Bajaj, director of equity sales, among others, will be leaving the Swiss bank for Jefferies in Mumbai.

The report comes as Jefferies moves forward with plans to expand its Asia equity business six-fold this year in response to client demand, Reuters reported, citing the U.S. securities and investment banking firm's global head of equity research Steven Black.

Jefferies opened an equity office in Hong Kong in December and wants to expand its coverage of Asian stocks to 250 to 300 this year from around 50.

Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics company Hhgregg was seeking to fill about 50 positions for a new store scheduled to open in Myrtle Beach on March 15.

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Hhgregg said it's looking for "enthusiastic, highly motivated South Carolina residents" to fill the positions.

Positions available include managers-in-training, commissioned sales associates, warehouse staff and customer service merchandisers for the new store located at 550 Seaboard Street.

Newly hired associates will undergo a comprehensive training program that includes over 200 hours of product training

Google's ( GOOG) YouTube site is creating 200 new jobs, Reuters reported on March. 10.

YouTube staff will increase by more than 30% with the new hirings, the report said.

The majority of jobs openings will take place at its headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. However, there will also be openings abroad in cities including Milan, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Zurich.

A variety of job openings are being advertised, including in advertising sales and engineering.

General Motors ( GM) is planning to add a second shift to its Detroit-Hamtramck plant in late 2011, resulting in the creation of 1,000 jobs, the Detroit Free Press reported on March 9.

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The report said the plans were emerging as the automaker got ready to step up its production of the Chevy Volt extended-range electric cars.

However, CBS Detroit said GM was downplaying the reports of a second shift. "Detroit Hamtramck has started some of the pre-work related to adding an additional shift at the plant," CBS Detroit reported GM as saying in a statement.

"Volt volumes remain unchanged (10,000 this year, 45,000 next), but the plant wants to be in a position to bring on a shift as quickly as possible when we are asked to increase production to meet market demand," said GM, according to CBS Detroit.

M&T Bank ( MTB) is creating 40 new jobs at its operations center in Millsboro, Del., the Associated Press reported on March 8.

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AP said M&T Bank's chief executive officer Bob Wilmers announced the plans at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner on the night of March 7 -- a month after officials said the bank's planned purchase of Wilmington Trust Corp. ( WL) would result in more than 700 job cuts in Delaware.

Wilmers also said M&T Bank has decided to invest $7 million to $10 million into the construction of a backup data center in Delaware; the site for the new center hasn't yet been determined, according to AP

Wells Fargo ( WFC) anticipates hiring more than 1,000 people for its mid-Atlantic retail operations by mid-May, Reuters reported on March 7.

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This, as Wells Fargo plans a fall rebranding of its Wachovia locations, according to Reuters.

The hirings will take place at Wachovia locations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., according to the report.

Wells Fargo has hired almost 600 people for similar jobs in the region since its $12.5 billion acquisition of Wachovia at the tail-end of 2008, which more than doubled its size.

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Marketing services company Dex One ( DEXO) may be hiring more than 350 people for a new sales and support center being opened in Overland Park, Kansas City, Mo. according to The Kansas City Star on March 2.

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The company has rented a space in a building at 8501 W. 137th St. that used to house Chrysler Financial.

"Our goal is to get up and running by early April," said company spokesman Tyler Gronbach according to The Kansas City Star.

"We liked the central location because it has better access to the coasts, and there's a labor pool that's well educated and up to date on technology.

Lowe's ( LOW) is creating 275 new jobs at a customer service center in Wilkes County, N.C., according to the Associated Press.

The new hires will bring the total number of workers at the service center to almost 1,000, the AP reported on Feb. 15. The new employees will be answering customer inquiries, including those related to online purchases, according to the report.

The report added that the customer service center has almost doubled to more than 700 employees currently, from 350 workers in January 2010.

In January 2011, Lowe's said it was laying off about 1,700 mid-level managers, while creating hourly positions.

Home Depot ( HD) said on Feb. 15 that it will hire more than 60,000 associates for the company's second annual spring Black Friday event.

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Like the traditional Black Friday that occurs the day after Thanksgiving to unofficially start the holiday shopping season, Home Depot's spring Black Friday marks the start of home improvement's busiest shopping season, the company said.

Home Depot announced that it will hire and train new seasonal associates in every market during the month of February and March and add new permanent full-time and part-time positions to its stores for the second year in a row.

Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,247 retail stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2009, Home Depot had sales of $66.2 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $2.6 billion.

Manitowoc ( MTW), Franklin County, Pa.'s, fourth-largest employer, could be hiring 200 employees in the first half of the year, according to herald-mail.com, on Feb. 4.

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Herald-mail.com said that hiring has already begun and that interviews are occurring every week.

The company is seeking welders, painters, assemblers, machine operators, and supervisors, said Herald-mail.com

These are mainly second shift positions, according to the report. Other positions include those in engineering, purchasing, safety and information systems.

The company added 200 employees in 2010, according to the report.

Wkyc.com reported on Feb. 8 that U.S. Steel ( X) its expanding its Lorain steel tube plant in Ohio and would hire more workers during the expansion.

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This would be a $94 million project that would create 80 jobs and retain 508, according to wkyc.com.

Ohio has announced that it would help fund the project with $200,000 in grants.

The announcement is "great news for the workers at the Lorain U.S. Steel plant and for the new workers they will be hiring," said Congresswoman Betty Sutton, according to the report.

The Lorain steel plant manufacturers pipes for natural gas companies.

Pfizer ( PFE) is creating 450 jobs, but cutting 100 others as the company brings Alzheimer's disease research and other projects to its Cambridge, Mass. labs, the Boston Herald reported.

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The report said that Pfizer is planning to move its research for neurosciences, cardiovascular, metabolic and endocrine ailments to Massachusetts from Groton, Conn.

The Boston Herald said the moves were being made in connection with a global overhaul of its research operations.

As part of the move, the company also plans to shutter the stem-cell research division part of its Cambridge labs, the report said.

The net job increase would be 350, the Boston Heraldreported on Feb. 2.

Oshkosh ( OSK) said on Jan. 28 that it plans to hire 650 to 750 new employees as it seeks to fulfill another big army contract.

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"We're the innovation leader in specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies ... our vehicles go anywhere, anytime, in any terrain and they're durable," Oshkosh CEO Charlie Szews told CNBC in an interview aired on Feb. 2.

According to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the company is seeking assemblers, welders and other skilled positions and may begin hiring in February.

The company will be vetting potential new employees largely through jobs fairs in Oshkosh, Wis., according to the paper.

Some of the jobs will be salaried jobs, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said. It said that the new jobs are connected to a $3 billion U.S. Army contract Oshkosh won in 2009 to build trucks and trailers. CNBC reported that the employees would working for the defense side of Oshkosh's business.

CNBC said by working with OshKosh, the military was able to save $1 billion, drawing scrutiny from competitors that said the feat was impossible and that something must have been afoul at the company. But the CEO told CNBC that "they're wrong." He said that competitors have had a tendency to underestimate the company's ability to accomplish enormous tasks with utmost efficiency.

Oshkosh's business has been booming in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Daily Mirror reported on Jan. 28 that British Sky Broadcasting (BSKYB) ( BSYBY) is creating 1,500 call center jobs in the UK following another round of strong sales numbers.

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Sky signed up an additional 140,000 subscribers in the past three months, bringing the total number of subscribers to more than 10 million, the paper reported.

Furthermore, Sky convinced current customers to agree to more than a million extra services recently.

British Sky Broadcasting has been in takeover talks with its largest shareholder, News Corp. ( NWSA).

Goodrich ( GR) Aerostructures, Ascend Performance Materials and Vulcan are creating jobs in Foley, Ala., WKRG.com reported on Jan. 27.

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The report said the company would like to fill dozens of manufacturing positions as soon as possible.

Goodrich is looking for engineers, assemblers and processors to help build commercial and military aircraft parts, and currently has 11 job openings available, according to WKRG.com. The company plans to hire more workers later this year as talks over new contracts with Boeing ( BA) and Airbus are completed, the report said.

Nylon, polymers and fibers producer Ascend Performance Materials is hiring 20 mechanical engineers, electricians and machine operators at its Foley plant, WKRG.com reported.

Vulcan will hire about a dozen new workers in 2011, according to the report. The company's founder and chairman, Paul Allen, co-founded Microsoft ( MSFT) with Bill Gates in 1975.

WKRG.com noted that Ascend and Vulcan are taking walk-in applicants, while Goodrich will only accept online applications at goodrich.com/careers.


DuPont ( DD) will hire about 150 people over the next few years to replace workers retiring from its Belle plant in West Virginia, the Charleston Daily Mail reported.

"We're at a natural juncture in the careers of a lot of people," said Belle Plant Manager James O'Connor, according to Charleston Daily Mail. "We've begun the process of hiring in anticipation of normal retirements.

The company will be looking for operators, engineers, mechanics, pipe fitters and more, the paper reported.

Charleston Daily Mail said DuPont plans to hire 50 to 75 workers this year and about the same number next year.


Google's ( GOOG) outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt told Le Temps that the company plans to hire 6,000 people in 2011, Bloomberg reported on Jan. 27.

Schmidt told the Swiss newspaper that roughly 1,000 workers will be hired in Europe, said Bloomberg.

The search engine giant hired 4,500 people last year, bringing its total workforce to 24,400, Bloomberg reported that paper as saying.

General Electric's ( GE) Aviation Wales unit will create 100 jobs for highly-skilled workers in Nantgarw, near Cardiff, Wales, WalesOnline.co.uk said on Jan. 26.

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The company is seeking new aircraft engineers to help meet growing servicing demand related to the GE90 engine, which contributed more than $1.4 billion to GE's sales last year, the paper reported.

The job creation could greatly benefit the local economy, WalesOnline.co.uk, noted.

According to the paper, GE Aviation Wales is one of the biggest employers in Wales.

Ball Corp's ( BLL) Boulder, Colo.-based Ball Aerospace & Technologies unit will hire more than 200 workers as it books more than $1 billion in new programs, the Boulder-based daily, Camera, reported on Jan. 25.

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The paper said Frances Draper of the Boulder Economic Council announced on Jan. 25 at an economic forum that Ball Aerospace was hiring 250 workers to fill positions relating to four big contracts.

"In the latter half of 2010, Ball Aerospace booked more than a billion dollars in new programs of significant national importance, in classified and unclassified domains," a company spokesman told the Camera.

On Jan. 25 CSX Corp. ( CSX) said it would hire more than 2,900 new employees in 2011, the Wall Street Journalreported.

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Still, roughly 85% of the new hires would be serving as replacements for previous workers amid attrition, the WSJ said.

The report said the company expects its workforce to expand 1% to 2% in 2011.


General Motors ( GM) on Jan. 24 announced plans to add a third shift at its Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, creating 750 jobs.

The plant makes the popular Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups.

The shift is expected to start in the third quarter, with employees beginning to arrive at the Flint Assembly in the second quarter.

"Adding a third shift is a response to customer demand for heavy-duty pickups, which most people use to tow, haul and plow," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, in a prepared statement. "Equally importantly, it brings jobs and a needed economic boost to the Flint area."

Flint Assembly currently employs nearly 2,100 hourly and salaried employees and operates two production shifts.


If U.S. Steel ( X) finally gets the permits it needs to expand its Keetac iron ore facility in the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota, hundreds of jobs could be created, said the West Central Tribune on Jan. 21.

The West Central Tribune said that U.S. Steel thinks construction work needed for the expansion in question would create 500 temporary jobs and 120 permanent jobs.

According to the West Central Tribune, U.S. Steel has spent $20 million thus far to help facilitate the permitting process, but the project delays continue to be a reality.

The U.S. Steel facility is being expanded for the production of more taconite pellets, according to the West Central Tribune.


Fortune reported on Jan. 20 that Amazon.com ( AMZN) may soon be hiring more than 1,000 workers for new facilities in Tennessee.

Fortune said Amazon will spend $139 million to build the two new facilities -- and, to staff them, Amazon plans to hire about 1,400 locals.

Amazon may also hire hundreds of temporary workers on top of that, during the 2011 holiday shopping season, according to Fortune.


On Jan. 20, Union Pacific ( UNP) said it would be hiring thousands of workers in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal.

WSJ said Union Pacific would likely add more than 4,000 workers this year and call back some of the 1,500 employees the railroad company still has on furlough.

The new workers are expected to help compensate for attrition and to support progressive volume growth at Union Pacific, WSJ reported.


On Jan. 20, Reuters said that Siemens' ( SI) Spanish wind energy company Gamesa and Danish turbine maker Vestas announced plans to construct wind turbine plants and research facilities in coastal areas around Britain, creating more than 1,000 jobs.

According to Reuters, Siemens has agreed to a preliminary contract to construct a new plant at the port of Hull; Gamesa is looking to build its plant in Dundee and its research facility in Glasgow.

The report noted that the investments, however, depended on locking in a portion of a $95.9 million budget that the government has set aside for acclimatizing Britain's ports to help meet increasing demand for renewable energy infrastructure.

Vestas will be opening a development and test facility on the Isle of Wight this summer, said Reuters.

In total, 1,400 jobs would be created from the Siemens, Gamesa and Vestas projects, according to Reuters.

On Jan. 20, Irishtimes.com reported that Quest Software ( QSFT) was creating 150 jobs in Cork, Ireland over the next three years with the creation of a new services center in Mahon.

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Irishtimes.com said the new center will open later in January and will focus on finance, software renewals and software development.

Quest currently has a sales office in Dublin.

"Ireland was chosen due to the significant presence of other software technology companies; the high quality infrastructure; the availability of experienced and highly qualified professionals, multilingual talent and a pro-business environment," said the company's CEO Doug Garn, according to Irishtimes.com.


Wal-Mart's ( WMT) Asda, a leading supermarket in Britain, will be creating 400 full and part-time jobs in Edinburgh, Scotland with the building of a new superstore, according to scotsman.com.

Scotsman.com reported on Jan. 20 that Asda plans on opening a 45,000 square foot store next to Ikea in Straiton.

The paper said Walmart's Asda plans on opening the store in about nine months.

"New employment opportunities will be created both in store and during the construction period," the paper quotes the chain's communications manager Sarah Mills as saying.

Scotsman.com reports that a new gas station and cafe will be built on the site of the new supermarket.


Chinese automotive leader Changan Automobile will be setting up a research and development center at Plymouth Township in Michigan, The Detroit News reported on Jan. 19.

The report said this will result in the creation of 161 jobs.

Changan Automobile came to this decision after receiving state tax breaks valued at $1.7 million over seven years, the paper reported.

The company ended up selecting Michigan over Ohio, California and China for this R&D center, The Detroit News said. The paper added that the township is also thinking about offering tax breaks to Changan.

Changan, which has production joint ventures with Ford ( F), plans on investing $7 million in leasing a facility for auto tests and analysis, according to the report.


WLWT.com reported on Jan. 18 that Home Depot ( HD) is looking to hire 150 full- and part-time associates at a Monroe distribution center in Ohio.

The report said Home Depot is currently accepting applications for these positions.

The 657,000 square foot Home Depot center, situated near Cincinnati Premium Outlets, was opened in Aug. 2009 to ramp up service to more than 100 Ohio Valley region stores, says WLWT.com.


Disney ( DIS) wants to hire 1,200 employees for a new resort in Honolulu, HI, KITV4 reported on Jan. 18.

The resort, the Aulani Resort & Spa at Koolina, would be among 135 employers at the local Job Quest Fair on Wednesday KITV4 said.

"We're looking for people who are going to be engaged, who want to work in a collaborative environment, who want to share a little bit of themselves with other people, the guests, to create a really unique experience for Aulani," said Elliot Mills, managing director of Aulani, according to KITV4.

KeyCorp ( KEY) is expected to create 30 jobs with the opening of new branches in Ohio the next 15 months, Cleveland.com reported on Jan. 18.

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According to Cleveland.com, Keycorp plans on opening a branch at Steelyard Commons in Cleveland and four other local branches in the coming 15 months.

The Steelyard Common branch should be opening in October, Cleveland.com said.

The other four branches are set to open in Concord in February, Lyndhurst in July, Eastlake in August and Middleburg Heights early next year, according to the report.

All these branches consist of more than 30 branches that will opening in the next year across the country, the report said.

"At a time when many banks are closing branches, we're taking a different approach," said Lisa Oliver, president of Key's greater Cleveland district, according to Cleveland.com.


Delta ( DAL) said it will bring work back to the U.S. from a center in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

With the center, cargo customers can call to inquire about shipments, CEO Richard Anderson said on Jan. 13, on a recorded message for employees.

The work will be moved to call centers in Atlanta and Minneapolis, Anderson said.


On Jan. 13, the Scotsman reported that Amazon will be creating almost 1,000 jobs at a new distribution site in Scotland.

The Scotsman said the online retail giant would create 950 full-time jobs in two towns, plus 1,500 temporary jobs during peak seasons.

According to the paper, Amazon's new center at Dunfermline, Fife, creates more than 750 jobs and moves its entire permanent workforce from the current site in Glenrothes. An additional 200 jobs would be created at Amazon's site in Gourock, which packs and ships items, according to the report.

The Scotsman said the move is being supported by £2.5 million in grants from Scottish Enterprise, the economic organization.

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Amarillo Globe-News reported on Jan. 13 that Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron ( TXT), will hire at least 140 workers in 2011.

This, as it launches a new program to upgrade armed reconnaissance helicopter cabins for the army, the paper said.

Texas-based Amarillo Globe-News reports said Bell just completed the construction of a $31 million hangar with 500,000 feet of ramp space for the helicopters.

The paper reported hundreds of Bell employees convened with city officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new hangar.

The CEO of diversified manufacturer Terex ( TEX), Ron DeFeo, told CNBC on Jan. 12 that he agrees with the notion that manufacturing is recovering -- though at a moderate pace.

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His appearance on CNBC came amid discussions of the latest Beige Book numbers.

DeFeo said his company was hiring cautiously -- a bit beyond replacement.

"From the peak of 2008 in the U.S. and in some of our key product lines, we saw employment drop around 45% ... we had a pretty severe contraction of our end-markets of about 80%," he said.

"We're now up about 6% in employment from that trough and we expect to add another maybe 5% or 10% before the end of the year," he added.

DeFeo said he supports more government spending on infrastructure, but with a clear road map.

He also noted, as one of the positives in the road to business recovery, the greater clarity in tax policy.


On Jan. 11, Target ( TGT) said it was opening 21 new stores across the country in 2011.

Each store will be employing as many as 100 to 250 team members. Meanwhile, the new SuperTarget, opening in Woodbury, Minn., will be employing 200 to 300 team members.

Store openings are set to begin in March across the country, including in Hawaii.

Square footage of the stores will range from 135,000 square feet to 174,000 square feet.

The general merchandise stores will include expanded fresh food offerings, and the new SuperTarget will include a full-service supermarket.


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NBC17.com reported on Jan. 10 that North Carolina had beat out three other states in keeping Red Hat ( RHT) in Wake County, North Carolina and that the company will be opening new corporate headquarters in the state.

The location of the new headquarters was not disclosed, but the company did say that it would result in the creation of 540 jobs.

"Over the last few years, even in a very difficult economic time, Red Hat has continued to grow at 20 plus percent a year and add jobs at a clip," said Red Hat CEO James Whitehurst, as he joined North Carolina governor Bev Perdue and other leaders for the announcement, NBC17.com reported.

According to Dow Jones Newswires wages for the new jobs will average $80,525 a year.

Meanwhile NBC17.com reported that the state had offered millions of dollars in incentives to keep the company in North Carolina for the next decade and beyond.


McDonald's ( MCD) said it anticipated that it would create 3,000 jobs in 2011 in the United Kingdom, according to a Jan. 10 posting on the 10 Downing Street UK government web site.

"These are good jobs with prospects -- jobs which will allow people to develop and give them the opportunity to gain qualifications from NVQ's (National Vocational Qualifications) to apprenticeships to foundation degrees and rise up the career ladder," Jill McDonald, the CEO of McDonald's UK, was quoted as saying.

The statement was posted on the government web site as UK Prime Minister David Cameron held talks with major business leaders on Downing Street.

McDonald said at the start of 2010 the company employed 80,000 people, and at the end of the year it employed 85,000.


InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG) expects to creating around 1,000 jobs in the UK in 2011 and 3,000 jobs over the next three to four years.

This, as it opens the 37 new hotels, chief financial officer Richard Solomons was quoted as saying on the Downing Street web site.

"Hotels offer a quick and flexible way to get people back into work. These are jobs with real prospects for progression," he said.

Like McDonald, his words appeared on the web site on Jan. 10 as the UK prime minister met with big business leaders.


Microsoft ( MSFT) expects to help create 4,000 jobs in the UK in 2011 through its Britain Works program, according to another Jan. 10 posting on the UK government web site, which appeared a the prime minister met with heads of major businesses.

Through its Britain Works program, Microsoft has been working with partners to help UK residents get employed.

According to Microsoft, 9,000 new jobs have been created since the program's launch in 2009.

The program also aims to help entrepreneurs start new businesses and provide training services in IT, for instance.


According to a Jan. 10 Kake.com report, several aerospace companies were holding a job fair in Wichita, Kan. during the week of Jan. 10, looking to fill 2,200 positions.

Kake.com said Spirit AeroSystems ( SPR), Boeing and Lockheed Martin ( LMT) were among the companies that would be participating.

The report said Boeing was seeking to hire 1,000 workers at its Puget Sound facility in Washington, Spirit was looking to hire 200 workers for its operations in Wichita and Lockheed was looking to hire 1,000 additional workers for its operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.

A Spirit spokesman told Kake.com that "some positions are backfilling after retirements."

"Others are in response to upcoming rate increases already announced by customers ... further hiring plans will depend on many factors, including the new 787 schedule, which hasn't been announced by Boeing."

Ford announced on Jan. 10 that it will add 7,000 new hourly and salaried jobs between this year and next year in the U.S.

The company said that this year alone it's adding 4,000 hourly jobs at several of its U.S. plants, including 1,800 at its Louisville assembly plant, which is preparing to launch the next-generation Ford Escapes late in the year. Ford said it will also add 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing.

Next year, Ford expects to add at least 2,500 more new manufacturing positions.

"Ford is committed to American manufacturing, and we are on a path to add more than 7,000 American workers over the next two years as we continue to grow our product lineup," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas, in a prepared statement.

"Working with our partners, including the UAW (United Auto Workers), Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want."

Ford said it is recruiting engineers specializing in batteries, system controls, software and energy storage to work on electric vehicles in Detroit and eight other cities, including Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Raleigh and Durham, N.C.; and San Jose, Calif.

This recruitment will launch at the 2011 North American International Auto Show during industry preview days on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.


On Jan. 10, Kohl's ( KSS) announced that it was searching for 130 associates for a new store opening in Wylie, Texas.

To find candidates, Kohl's planned a five-day job fair at the Hilton Garden Inn Richardson, set to kick off on Jan. 16 and end on Jan. 20.

Openings at the new Kohl's location include those in customer service, department service, cash register operations, stocking and truck unloading.

The store should be opening its doors to the public in March.


Alcoa ( AA) said on Jan. 7 that it will create 260 new jobs through recall and hiring as it restarts idled potlines at three aluminum smelters in the U.S.

Capacity will be restarted at the Massena East facility in Massena, NY; Wenatchee Works in Malaga, WA; and Intalco in Ferndale, WA. Alcoa said that at Massena East a new agreement with the New York Power Authority allows three potlines to restart and preserves the company's ability to modernize the plant in the future, and replaces an agreement that was set to expire in April of 2011.

Alcoa said the restart at Massena East will provide about 120 new jobs through recall or hiring and will secure the future of about 385 jobs that support Massena East.

Alcoa said the restarts at Intalco will bring about 60 new jobs to the region where it's located.

The company said the restarts are designed to help Alcoa meet anticipated growth in aluminum demand and to meet obligations outlined in power agreements with energy providers.

"We are pleased to bring jobs back and increase our economic impact in each of these communities," said Bob Wilt, President of Alcoa's U.S. primary products division, in a prepared statement.


On Jan. 4, Macy's ( M) announced that it was beefing up its online business, with plans to add 725 new jobs in the division.

The department store also announced on that day that its online sales have surged 29% during the first 10 months of 2010.

These new jobs will be realized over the next two years, and Macy's plans to add 3,500 jobs overall, when including full-time, part-time and seasonal help.


Little Rock, Ark.-based Dillard's ( DDS) said on Dec. 22 that it expects to create more than 300 new jobs in central Arkansas with the start of an "Internet fulfillment center" in Maumelle, Ark.

"This new, high-tech facility will be optimally equipped with advanced distribution and fulfillment capabilities to support the growth of our Internet store at www.dillards.com," Dillard's president Alex Dillard said in a press release.

Dillard noted that Maumelle was a natural choice for the company's new center given that it was near the company's home base.

Dillard's expects the Maumelle center to be fully operating by late 2012.

The 850,000-square-foot center was a former Target ( TGT) distribution center constructed in 1980 and expanded in 1990.

Dillard's currently operates six distribution centers, including one in Mabelvale, Ark. and an Internet fulfillment center in Nashville, Tenn.

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