State of Working North Carolina

North Carolina continues to struggle to create jobs and grow the economy in a way that will improve the lives of working families in the state. More than four years after the Great Recession officially ended, the state remains mired in persistently high unemployment, growing underemployment, and declining incomes and wages. The jobs that are being created pay low wages, and the increased productivity of workers is not being rewarded with higher pay. North Carolina’s economy is stuck and many of its workers–especially those in rural communities and communities of color–are suffering. To turn things around, policymakers must make the sort of investments, particularly in education, which will lay the foundation for economic revival and long-term prosperity.

State of Working North Carolina 2013

State of Working North Carolina 2012

State of Working North Carolina 2011