Uncategorized

The Ripple Effect

North Carolina’s unemployment rate jumped to a record high of 11.2 percent in December.  Several economists say the figure would be much higher if you counted frustrated workers who have abandoned their job searches as well as those who are underemployed.

Peter Werbicki, President/CEO of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, says a ripple effect of all the job losses is a growing number of middle-class families now seeking help from his nonprofit.

Requests for help from the Food Bank are up 30 to 60 percent in their 34-county service area. To put that in perspective, the organization distributed 36.8 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2008-2009.

For a preview of Werbicki’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. Former House Speaker tried to strong-arm DEQ ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

A key House committee signed off on the chamber’s public school budget report Thursday, despite Demo [...]

Harold Brubaker, the former Republican House Speaker turned powerful lobbyist, tried to ram through [...]

A bill to limit local regulation of small cell towers is moving to a full House vote, despite concer [...]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the North Carolina GOP drew unconstitutionally racially ger [...]

The most shameful thing about the disastrous budget passed by the Senate two weeks ago is not the vi [...]

Court setbacks, public opinion, progressive activism and Trump bode ill for NC conservatives Profess [...]

So, the question as always comes down to one of vision. The elected chieftains who decide how much m [...]

2.8 billion---amount in dollars of needs in communities across the state for rebuilding efforts from [...]

Featured | Special Projects

Trump + North Carolina
In dozens of vitally important areas, policy decisions of the Trump administration are dramatically affecting and altering the lives of North Carolinians. This growing collection of stories summarizes and critiques many of the most important decisions and their impacts.
Read more


HB2 - The continuing controversy
Policy Watch’s comprehensive coverage of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.
Read more