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The lines at WorkForce West Virginia Centers across the state are pretty long right now for a couple of reasons.

Many people are filing for unemployment benefits after Congress voted to extend them through 2013.

Greg Bird lost his job in June and said the extra cash definitely helps.

"Corporate America is getting rid of people, people like me. I've read about it. They get rid of people 55, 58, or whatever, and it's hard for them to find a job. I was lucky to get unemployment to buy me through a little bit," he said.

Bird said he hopes to find a job soon.

According to the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor, American employers added 155,000 jobs in December.

The unemployment rate remains at 7.8 percent.

Bunny Harper is the manager of Charleston's WorkForce WV Center.

She said there's currently close to 400 jobs open in Kanawha County.

She shared her top three job listings with 13 News.

The new Gestamp Plant in South Charleston has a slew of positions open, she said.

"They'll probably have around 300-400 positions all together filled when it's all said and done to get the plant up and running again," she Harper said.

Harper said NGK Spark Plugs in Sissonville also has plans to hire 30 people in the coming months.

She said starting pay is around $11.44 per hour.

"They are looking for people for assembly production and for warehouse," Harper said.

HealthSmart needs to hire 15 customer service representatives.

Starting pay is $10.45 per hour.

"They would answer phones, answer questions and calls about the services that they offer to their customers as an employer," Harper said.

Harper said new jobs are added to the WorkForce WV system daily. Click here to learn more.