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Prosperity Watch: North Carolina continues to lag nation in job creation, moves in the wrong direction

In recent months, we’ve been hearing a lot from legislative leaders about how much the state’s economy has “improved” over the past couple years. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that much of this improvement never happened.

As seen in the latest issue of Prosperity Watch, North Carolina still has higher unemployment and lower shares of employed people than the national average–a trend that has remained consistent since 2011 and has actually gotten worse in 2013.  See the latest Prosperity Watch for details.

4 Comments


  1. GOP Rules

    December 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    It is unfortunate that we have to come out of the pit that the prior Democrat dominated GA’s and governors put us in. The current NCGA is doing a good job laying a good foundation for the future, NC is already getting a lot of press for becoming significantly more competitive with lower tax rates that will help the NC economy. These things just take time, like I said it is hard to come out of decades of mismanagment.

  2. ML

    December 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The only defense left is to blame the previous administration once again. Maybe it’s about time for this new regime to do some self-evaluation and maybe they’ll see some of the problems they’ve exacerbated or failed to address. It’s about progress so whomever is in charge, please look ahead and not back.

  3. GOP Rules

    December 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    ML/Alan,
    They have done the self evaluation, and come up with a great roadmap that is on the way to resounding success. The only thing is a large ship does not turn immediately like a race car, these things take time. I suggest putting off the faux hysteria meant to evicerate (TM Blueprint memo) and give the reforms a chance to work. We can already see results with the increased competitiveness of the state, the next step will be the tax cuts for people coming in 2014. Be sure to fill out your nc-4 form to get your tax cut!

  4. Alan

    December 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    GOP Rules,

    I understand your task is to support your team, irrespective of facts, I get it. However, your statement “NC is already getting a lot of press for becoming significantly more competitive with lower tax rates that will help the NC economy”, is comical. You’re living in the Faux News/Civitas bubble of alternate reality. We are indeed getting a lot of attention, but none of it positive.

    Perhaps you should pay attention to your own hysteria regarding the ACA, “The only thing is a large ship does not turn immediately like a race car, these things take time”, rather than constantly evicerate it? Please, quantify for us all the statement “We can already see results with the increased competitiveness of the state”. I’d love to know…

    PS. How long have you actually been working for Civitas now?

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