RALEIGH, N.C. — Microsoft Corp. is ready to grow its North Carolina workforce even further with 500 new jobs in the Raleigh-Durham area.  

Gov. Roy Cooper and Microsoft executives made the announcement Tuesday,  less than two months after the software and cloud-computing giant unveiled 430 additional positions for Charlotte. The latest round of jobs predominantly will go to software engineers and developers, with average wages of $125,000. Microsoft can receive state cash incentives for both the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham expansions if the company meets job-creation and investment goals. 

Microsoft already has nearly 2,000 employees in North Carolina. Houston was also in the running for the jobs announced Tuesday. 

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