You’re not imagining it, 2016 was an unbalanced economic year. The national economy had one of its best years in the last decade, and some parts of North Carolina significantly outpaced the nation, but many communities were left further behind.
Over half of North Carolina’s counties have not recovered to pre-recession employment levels. While many parts of the state have finally surpassed pre-recession employment levels, 52 of North Carolina’s counties still have fewer jobs than before the Great Recession took hold. Nine North Carolina counties actually lost jobs during from November 2015 through last month, a particular worry given that 2016 saw decent growth nationwide. Read more