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AT&T looks for hundreds of new employees in La.

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Baton Rouge, La. - One company wants to hire more than 500 people in Louisiana.

AT&T has announced plans to hire people to expand and enhance its wireless and wired networks.

The majority of current openings are related directly to network expansion. Other positions will revolve around retail stores and call centers.

Click here to see the positions that are open.

AT&T issued the following news release about its hiring plan:

In what Gov. Bobby Jindal calls "great news for the entire state," AT&T announced today that it is currently looking to fill more than 500 job openings in Louisiana, including more than 450 new jobs. The positions will be posted as they become available at http://connect.att.jobs/.

"By working together, we are making Louisiana one of the best places in the country for businesses to invest, grow, and create jobs," said Gov. Jindal. "These new technology-related jobs are great news for our entire state."

"For almost 40 years, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) has worked diligently to improve Louisiana's business climate," said Dan Juneau, president, LABI.  "Thanks to Gov. Jindal and the work of those who came before him, we are seeing more and more jobs being created here in our state."

Many of the new positions are the result of AT&T's recently announced Project Velocity IP (Project VIP), a three-year, multi-billion dollar investment plan to expand and enhance its national wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems and more than 40,000 small cells. Through Project VIP, AT&T also plans to:

*Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014

*Expand and enhance the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015

*Deploy fiber to an additional 1 million business locations by year-end 2015

"For more than 130 years, AT&T and the State of Louisiana have grown together," said Sonia Perez, president, AT&T Louisiana. "We are thankful to Governor Jindal for his work to create an environment in the state where companies are able to invest and create jobs."

While the majority of current openings are network jobs, AT&T also is hiring for mobility retail and call center positions.

AT&T invested more than $1.2 billion in its Louisiana wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of networks.

AT&T is one of the largest employers in America and the nation's largest private employer of full-time union employees. The company has set the standard for building jobs and investment based on a consumer-focused environment. With highly competitive wages and benefits, AT&T jobs are among the best in the U.S. 

Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into operations across the U.S., more than any other public company.  In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."

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