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Google announces global hiring spree, S.E. Michigan still waiting 750 jobs promised in 2006

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Promises made but have yet to be
kep,t to Michigan's tax payers on the
$38 Million dollars of incentives
Google received in 2006 to provide
up to 1000 direct jobs.
Google stated on January 27th, that the company would add jobs at its Ann Arbor operation as part of plans to hire 6,000 new workers globally in 2011.
In 2006, Google received a 20-year tax credit approved by former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) valued at more than $38 million and 400 free parking spaces for four years in the city of Ann Arbor --where parking spots are much in demand. 
The deal was in exchange for 1,000 direct and 1,200 spin-off jobs in its first five years, or by 2011. To date, Google is about 750 direct jobs short --about 250 employees work at their Ann Arbor sales division-- and the spin-off employment have been at temporary 'book-scanner' positions at best, earning between $10.00-$12.00 per hour with no benefits.
Job seekers, who have applied with Google, have reported going though months of interviews to receive a reply from company recruiters that the job is 'frozen' or the applicant never hears anything else, at all.
"Google has interviewed you me many times over and does the same thing every time", a job seeker from Detroit, Michigan stated on the forums. "They tell me that I have all the skills they need, have me go through multiple phone interviews, and then never call me back. I do not take calls from them anymore."
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) press release in 2006 stated, "(Former Gov.) Granholm said the Google decision is just the latest evidence that her economic recovery plan is beginning to deliver dividends of increased investment by high-tech companies that mean well-paying jobs for Michigan."
For unemployed and underemployed job seekers in Southeastern Michigan, that were initially pleased by the Google announcement to move its' sales department headquarters from Silicon Valley, CA to Ann Arbor in 2006, still await the promised 'high-tech' jobs opportunities. 
Michigan's unemployment rate is the fourth highest in the nation at 11.7 percent and the Ann Arbor region jobless rate is 7.2 percent.
The hiring plan -- described by a Google executive in a blog post as "our biggest hiring year in company history" -- includes growth for the company's AdWords sales division office on Division Street in downtown Ann Arbor, spokesman Jake Parrillo said in an e-mail to Ann

"We expect to grow our entire Michigan operation in the coming year," Parrillo said.

Parrillo declined to offer specifics on how many jobs the company would add at its Ann Arbor office. Less than 11 months are left in 2010 to meet the agreement Google made in good faith, to the tax payers of the state of Michigan. 
Today's Google Ann Arbor job postings include positions for account managers and sales associates. Many are the same job postings that have been posted on the company's website for months, if not years, with little direct actual hiring of employees taking place.
Parrillo added to his statement on Ann, "Those listings for our A2 office are not 'singular' jobs. We expect to hire multiple people for each of those roles".
Job seeker K. Watkins of Southeastern Michigan previously worked as book scanner for 90 days, though a temporary company on behalf of Google in 2009 and is now re-unemployed.
"One of the biggest inside jokes in the area is running into someone that actually works for Google", Watkins stated. "I mean, really works for Google. They rarely if ever hire the temps that do the book scanning and its' close to impossible to get into the company permanently."

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