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Out of a job? NCWorks offers help to locals

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A "Now Hiring" sign outside of a Walmart store in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

While many local businesses continue to cut staff sizes due to shutdowns, several others are hiring.

NCWorks Career Center Asheville says there are more than 5,000 jobs listed within a 50-mile radius of downtown Asheville. Despite their offices being closed to the public, they continue to answer phone calls and emails to help match job seekers with local businesses.

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"Our NCWorks.gov website is available 24/7. Job seekers can log in there. It's free, and they can post their resume, they can see jobs that are available in our area," Rodney Embler, the manager at NCWorks Career Center - Asheville, said.

Much of Asheville's workforce relies on the restaurant industry, as well as other service and tourism-based businesses -- many of which have been forced to close.

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Despite this, Embler says many other industries are still hiring.

"There are definitely jobs in our area," said Embler, "Some of the businesses we are hearing from include landscaping companies, staffing agencies, healthcare facilities, grocery and convenience stores, small and large manufacturers, call centers."

U.S. Census workers are also hiring right now, which Embler says may be a good short term employment option.

NCWorks is also working with businesses in the area who are striving to fill open positions.

"They can post their own job openings, or our staff can do that for them, we will give the employers a quick review on how they can do their own candidate searches," Embler said. "There's thousands and thousands of local resumes on there."

You can find the job board in addition to the resources from NCWorks on their website.

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