Today is #EqualPayDay. Women are the primary breadwinners for more than half a million North Carolina families, but thanks to a persistent wage gap, it’s generally harder for these families to make ends meet. Investing in good jobs in every community can go some way to closing the wage gap, but that won’t be enough. The wage gap will persist as long as we continue to ignore policy choices that specifically address it, and that will leave many North Carolinians and their families without full economic security.
We’ve been hearing a lot about a Carolina Comeback for the last few years, but it turns out that most of us haven’t been feeling it. A recent WRAL News poll finds that only a quarter of North Carolina voters think our state’s economy is stronger than it was four years ago. Additionally, “more than two-thirds of voters said their own economic well-being is either the same or worse than it was four years ago.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t a huge surprise. As the latest State of Working North Carolina report shows, bad policy choices have made overall economic growth, jobs, and changing industry opportunities fall far short of what we all need to thrive. This report, Don’t Call it a Comeback, explains the data that back up how North Carolina voters feel about their economic opportunities.
Hopefully lawmakers will take these poll results as a sign: they need to start prioritizing policy decisions that will create an economy that works for all.