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131 new jobs coming to Person County

Posted June 15, 2012

— GKN Driveline, a major manufacturer of automotive driveline components, plans to create 131 jobs in Person County over the next five years, the governor's office announced Friday.

The average annual salary will be $41,108; the Person County average wage is $32,188.

GKN Driveline already employs more than 950 people in Person, Alamance and Lee counties.

The company was awarded a grant of up to $175,000 from the state's One North Carolina Fund, which provides assistance to companies to attract business to the state.

Friday's announcement came on the heels of the latest unemployment rate, which remained steady at 9.4 percent for the month of May.

According to the North Carolina Division of Employment Security, the rate is 1.1 percentage points lower than its May 2011 rate.

The state jobless rate is higher than the national average, which was at 8.2 percent in May.

The number of people actually working in North Carolina continues to shrink, according to the Division of Employment Security. Nearly 10,000 workers left the labor force between April and May.

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  • Huey Jun 15, 2012

    I am glad to see anyone adding on to the number of NC jobs now but this is so few that it is a shame that it is even in the news like this. It makes a nice headline but it is a drop in the bucket when compared to the current job market.

  • not my real name Jun 15, 2012

    well that will almost make up for the hundreds of jobs lost when GKN downsized a few years ago.....but not enough.

  • promethazine codeine lover Jun 15, 2012

    illegals work under the table... Not salary jobs like this. Unless they paid well money to get an identity made for them, usually isn't the case bc of risk and paper trails.

  • driverkid3 Jun 15, 2012

    I do hope these jobs will be going to the citizens of this state instead of illegals.

  • computer trainer Jun 15, 2012

    26 a year for the next 5 years.

    According to the North Carolina Division of Employment Security, the rate is 1.1 percentage points lower than its May 2011 rate.

    The state fares worse than the national jobless rate, which rose slightly to 8.2 percent in May.

    The size of the work force in North Carolina continues to shrink, according to the Division of Employment Security, nearly 10,000 workers left the labor force between April and May.