New Jobs

By: Jeff Allen
By: Jeff Allen

This thanksgiving many people at a Corbin company may be thankful they have a secure job thanks to a new government contract.
The new contract also means new jobs for hundreds of people looking for work.
When looking for work recently, Jimmy Elliott was offered a manufacturing job but he turned that down deciding Pearson was the place to be.
"It's paid off tremendously for me," says Elliott.
Jimmy is a supervisor at Pearson Government Solutions, a company that takes calls twenty-four seven from all over the country from people asking about Medicare claims.
Now the government has awarded Pearson with a new two and half year contract.
It will now take in all 1-800-MEDICARE calls.
Pearson is expected to hire about another two hundred workers.
Delores Deaton is one of over 400 already working at the Corbin office.
"The job opportunity is great," says Deaton. "We're hiring supervisors, reps. It's a wonderful opportunity for everybody in this area."
April Broughton says she'll start working for Pearson Monday.
"We need jobs here. this is a rural area...not a lot of jobs. This will benefit our area tremendously."
Employees like Delores Deaton say the new contract has given them a greater sense of job security.

"It thrilled me to death, that means more jobs for this area...more security."
Two things many people say are tough to find in the rural job market of southeastern Kentucky.

Pearson officials expect the full expansion surrounding the new government contract to take effect in early 2007.

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