Verizon Wireless to fill 160 jobs in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Verizon Wireless is looking to fill more than 100 customer service positions in Wilmington by August 2009.

The phone has been ringing nonstop at the Employment Security Commission in Wilmington, and Verizon is giving the unemployed some hope.

"Anything is good right now," said newly unemployed John Roeck.  "I did customer service with a restaurant, so I would be more than comfortable with a customer service job."

With businesses across town laying off employees and cutting down on supplies, Verizon Wireless is keeping its lot full and plans to fill many spots in the near future.

Verizon Wireless is looking to fill 160 position at its Call Center in Wilmington.  Those jobs pay about $27,000 a year, plus benefits.

People like Roeck are in luck because the company is looking for people with a background in customer service.

Sherwood Southerland, the regional manager for the Employment Security Commission, said with unemployment rates up 122%, these open positions are a big help to the community.

"Anytime we hear about additional job openings especially 100 plus, it is a great thing locally, and probably to a certain degree maybe a little unusual," said Southerland.

Southerland said it's rare that he can transfer some of the calls from his office to Verizon.

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