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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- With recent good news about job growth across the U.S. and in the Piedmont -- like High Point’s 500-job Solstas expansion announcement on Wednesday -- many are wondering how central North Carolina is fairing when it comes to creating jobs.

In November and December of 2010, the Piedmont Triad Metro Area lost 1,000 jobs.  7,700 jobs were added this past November and December.

In the Piedmont’s three biggest cities, Winston-Salem gained 2,700 jobs in the same time period; while 4,800 jobs were added in High Point and Greensboro areas.

“The last four months our office has seen a noticeable increase in activity,” said Loren Hill, who directs Economic Development of High Point.

Local economic developers say they’ve been busy talking with prospective businesses about developing in the region. Hill said the City of High Point is currently trying to attract some transportation and medical companies.

“When we look at projects we are interested in jobs number one but we're also interested in how much a company adds to our tax base every community is concerned with both of those aspects you need jobs for your citizens but you also need money to run your government,” Hill said.

However, there are many job seekers on the other side who don’t necessarily see the payoff.

“I have not noticed in my situation that a lot of jobs are popping up,” said Lashana Moyd, who has been searching for work for 18 months.

21-year-old Michael Pratt said he’s also been looking for work for 18 months.

“There are so many people looking for jobs.  Everybody fighting for entry levels jobs,” Pratt said.

But Pratt said he’s trying hard to be patient.

“After you've been told a couple times it does kind of shoot your hopes down, but you can’t give up,” he said.