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Raleigh Sets Sights On High-Tech Job Growth

Posted May 27, 2004 10:51 a.m. EDT

— Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

has an ambitious plan to attract 50,000 new jobs in Raleigh and Wake County in five years -- and double the amount for the Triangle region.

The Chamber of Commerceplans to aggressively go after certain companies to try and lure more jobs here through a program called

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The focus will be on high-tech and highly-skilled jobs.

A total of 100,000 jobs over the next five years sounds like a lofty goal, but there are plenty of signs of an improving economy in our state -- 40,000 new jobs were created in North Carolina in the last year.

In March, the Triangle's unemployment rate dipped below the national average for the first time since the year 2000.