A report by the state Commerce Department highlights the economic impact of the military in North Carolina.
The Commerce Department says the state has a tremendous opportunity to grow the economy by helping military personnel find employment after their service ends.
More than 60,000 people stationed in North Carolina are projected to leave the military over the next five years. Commerce spokesman Josh Ellis says many of them will stay here.
“They have a skills and a work ethic that employers want. So we really believe that, the better we can match those individuals with employers there will be a tremendous benefit for the state, for those employers, for the veterans.”
The recent report shows the military boosts the state’s personal income by more than $30 billion and accounts for almost 10% of all economic activity in the state.