NC Job Growth Limited to Metro Areas
North Carolina’s metropolitan areas show some positive momentum in the jobs front. But three areas in the state lag behind the rest.
Almost 100-percent of the job growth in North Carolina since the end of the recession in 2009 has occurred in the state’s metropolitan areas. And Allan Fryer, a policy analyst with the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center says 90-percent of the job growth has occurred in only three metro areas – Raleigh, Charlotte and Durham.
Allan Fryer: "Overall the state saw an average of three percent job growth over the last year but Fayetteville and Wilmington just saw an employment growth rate of two-tenths of a percent and Winston-Salem actually fell further behind."
Fryer says Winston-Salem lost jobs in the last year. The latest figures show the number of North Carolina workers employed in November dropped by 22-thousand people.