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Spring thaws job freeze, but local picture still a bit muddy

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The long hard winter we had did a number on the recovery, freezing job growth as companies closed more often, and consumers stayed at home.

But spring's job numbers show the country is thawing out. Employers added more jobs in April than in any month over the past two years, and locally, the unemployment number dropped again.

Still, hold a job fair today in Charlotte, and hundreds will come.

"I've been looking for a job for three months," Talayzia White told us at Friday's fair put on by Charlotte Premium Outlets.

But a few years ago, most people you'd talk to at an event like this would have been unemployed for a lot longer than that.

And confidence is up too. We asked White what she thinks her chances are of landing a job at the fair, and she said, "I think I have like a hundred percent chance because they need 3,000 people."

Well, maybe not that many. But the company says it will hire 900 retail workers to staff a big new outlet being built now off of 485.

"There's some good companies here and that's what I'm looking for," said Clint Burke, adding that job fairs were crazy in the past yet this one feels different. "Some of them were more or less like a big cattle call but this seems to be fairly well organized."

And Chuck Lodise - who is currently employed- also thought he'd land a job from the outlet company. "I do. I feel very confident," he said.

Ultimately, though, the employment picture in Charlotte is still a bit muddy. Take the past two weeks - Rite Aid said it would close a distribution center in Charlotte. And Wells Fargo announced another round of mortgage related layoffs.

But Red Ventures announced it would add 580 jobs to its operation in University City.

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