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Roanoke job market slowly growing

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Carilion Clinic, one of the largest employers in the Roanoke valley, is hiring. Almost 300 jobs postings are on their website, says Senior Director of Human Resources Debbie Lovelace.  

"I think a lot of it is because of the expansion into population health and improving the health of the communities and the partnership with Virginia Tech," says Lovelace. 

Jobs ranging from nurses and doctors, to non-clinical and management. 

"Now is a great time to apply," says Coy Renick, President of the local staffing agency, The Renick Group. 

Renick says usually from May to July is the best time to find a job. However he says this is turning out to be the best year if you are looking in the Roanoke valley, because more employers are hiring. His website alone has dozens of openings he hasn't had in the past. 

"It is the best year I have seen since 2007 since the recession started so it yes it is a good year," says Renick. 

Overall the national unemployment rate is 7.5%. The latest unemployment rate in Roanoke County is 4.6% and 6.4% in Roanoke city. 

We spoke to several other staffing agencies to see what types of jobs are out there. They agree the job market is strong right now, with medical and manufacturing doing the most hiring in the valley. Companies include FedEx ground, First Team Auto, United Health Group and Carilion Clinic.  However some industries aren't coming back as quickly. 

"The recession is gradually ending, but we are not completely out of a recession, like I do not see any in the construction industry that is lagging behind," says Renick. 

Many though see the growth as a sign of what is to come, and feel soon all of the industries will hire again in Roanoke; bringing the unemployment number down even more.

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