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Out of Work State Employees

The roster of laid-off State Employees continues to grow.   A new center has opened to specifically help them get back on their feet.

Margaret Jordan is spokeswoman for the Office of State Personnel.  She says this is the first time the state has needed to open its own Career Transition Center.

Margaret Jordan:  "A lot of the folks who lost their jobs, their jobs aren’t going to be coming back to state government.   Where as in the past a state employee might be laid off from one agency they might find a job in another agency.  This time because of the deep budget cuts these jobs won’t be coming back."

Jordan says approximately two-thousand state employees have lost their jobs since January.  But that number quickly jumps several times when you add in all the teachers and local government workers laid-off. The new career transition center is on Chapanoke Road in Raleigh. 

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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