RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on India-based company Infosys planning to hire 2,000 workers in North Carolina (all times local):
An India-based information technology consulting company could receive more than $22 million in taxpayer-funded incentives from North Carolina if it follows through on building a technology hub and hiring workers in the state as announced.
Infosys announced Thursday plans to hire 2,000 workers in the county surrounding Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, by 2021. Earlier in the day, a state panel finalized an agreement under which Infosys could receive more than $22 million through 2029 if they meet job creation, investment and wage thresholds. The state community college system is also chipping in $3 million for Infosys worker training.
Gov. Roy Cooper defended using the incentives to attract a company that is coming to a region of North Carolina that already has less than 4 percent unemployment. He says it's all part of competing with other states that offer similar benefits to attract jobs.
State officials say average pay for the new jobs will be $72,000 annually.
India-based information technology outsourcing company Infosys plans to hire 2,000 workers within four years in North Carolina, the second of four planned expansion sites in the U.S. intended to create 10,000 jobs.
The company said Thursday it plans to hire the first 500 North Carolina workers within two years.
Infosys said in May it would also hire 2,000 new workers by the end of 2021 in the Indianapolis area, home turf of former Indiana governor and current Vice President Mike Pence. President Donald Trump has blasted an American visa program that tech companies have heavily relied upon to temporarily bring in workers from other countries at lower wages.
Infosys emphasized Thursday that the jobs created as part of its U.S. expansion would go to American workers.