The Fayetteville Observer, N.C., Business Buzz column
Dec 23, 2012 (Menafn - The Fayetteville Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --United Airlines begins nonstop flights from Fayetteville to Washington's Dulles airport on Feb. 14.
As of last week, it looks as if the round-trip tickets will cost you just under 300, though fares often change.
United will be Fayetteville Regional Airport's third carrier, and our second option for local travelers to get to Washington. US Airways started nonstop flights to Washington's Reagan National in March.
A quick search of US Airways flights this spring shows even cheaper fares, some under 200 round-trip.
United's three flights a day are roughly 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. We aren't sure of the exact times yet, though most likely United's website is correct for the times listed there, since you can already book flights.
United will use 37-passenger Bombardier Q200 turboprops for the flights. You'll soon see United's ticket counter set up between Delta and US Airways.
In North Carolina, nearly one in five employers expects to hire more workers in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
The 18 percent of companies that plan to hire shows an improvement over the first quarter of 2012, when only 11 percent of North Carolina employers expected to hire.
The latest survey shows 9 percent of companies expect to reduce their payrolls in the first quarter, while 71 percent expect to maintain current staff levels. About 2 percent aren't sure of what they'll do.
Manpower's "net employment outlook" is 9 percent, much better than a year ago when it was 3 percent, but not as strong as the current quarter's 13 percent.
Perhaps the dip in optimism going into 2013 has something to do with fiscal cliff jitters.
Career fair opportunities
Methodist University's Office of Career Services is looking for organizations to participate in its spring career fair on March 25.
Employers and organizations can provide students and alumni with information about internships, full-time jobs and training programs. It's free to participate in the job fair.
Methodist says it also invites students from Fayetteville State University, Campbell University, Fayetteville Technical Community College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to the fair
The fair is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nimocks Fitness Center. Space is limited, according to Methodist, so contact Deborah Owens at 630-7334 or firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Jan. 25.
Scotland County schools have started a free program called Fast ForWord Literacy for Adults, designed to help people improve reading skills in the county with the state's highest unemployment.
Scientific Learning Corp., which developed the online program, said it accelerates learning by strengthening key pathways in the brain.
Fast ForWord Literacy for Adults is offered at the A.B. Gibson Education Center, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants work on the program one hour a day, four days a week for 12 to 16 weeks. They have the option of accessing the online program from home on Fridays, the developer said.
For information, contact Charlotte Garth at email@example.com.
- Matt Leclercq
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