McCrory announced that MetLife, Inc. intends to create 2,600 jobs in Cary and Charlotte by the end of 2015.
The global life insurance and employee benefits company expects to invest $125.5 million into its new Wake and Mecklenburg County campuses.
McCrory said the jobs will complement the financial services sector in Charlotte and the high-tech hub in Wake County.
"Half in Cary, half in Charlotte," said McCrory. "This is just fantastic news for our state."
Sweetening the pot is the pay, at least for the jobs in Cary, which will be more technology driven.
"My understanding is it's going to be above 6 digits in Cary," said Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.
It is unclear if the jobs will be moved to North Carolina or will be recruited locally.
New positions would include product management, marketing, sales and customer support in Charlotte and information technology positions in Cary focused on delivering global solutions to support MetLife and the customers it serves.
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