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AT&T to add 600 jobs in Georgia

ATLANTA — AT&T has announced it will create about 600 jobs in the state and plans to hire workers to fill more than 1,000 positions overall.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that AT&T plans to immediately hire full- and part-time workers in network construction and maintenance, customer support, retail and other positions.

Deal says many of the positions are the result of Project Velocity IP – a multibillion-dollar investment to expand and enhance
its national wireless and wired internet protocol networks.

Among other things, the expansion calls for the company to expand its 4G network to cover more than 300 million people by the end of 2014 and expand service to more than 1 million businesses by the end of 2015.

AT&T employs more than 21,000 people in Georgia.

Retailers see small sales gains in May

NEW YORK — In the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the overall economy, stores across the country had a pickup in May sales.

Revenue at stores open at least a year – an industry measure of a store’s health – rose 3.4 percent in May compared with the same month a year ago, according to a preliminary tally of 13 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

In other news

MORE THAN 190 criminal and civil actions have been brought across the country over the past two years to combat the rising problem of timeshare resale fraud involving shady telemarketing operations, federal and state officials said Thursday. Complaints about timeshare fraud targeting sellers tripled from 2010 to 2011, when more than 6,000 people called a hot line about the problem, The Federal Trade Commission said.


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