There have been nearly 500 exceptions to the hiring freeze North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announced late last year to deal with state budget problems.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that only a handful of requests for exceptions have been turned down by the Office of Budget Management.
Perdue said there would be exceptions for public safety, teachers and other critical positions.
The newspaper said a review showed one of the exceptions was for a communications director for the lieutenant governor. A marketing specialist with the Wine & Grape Council was reclassified as a legislative researcher.
Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson says the 495 exemptions appear to be justified.
The Department of Correction has obtained 127 exceptions. The Revenue Department has received 74 exceptions.