NC Department of Commerce

Business & Economy
6:55 am
Tue May 15, 2012

North Carolina Exports Hit Record Level

North Carolina is manufacturing, selling and shipping a record number of goods according to latest numbers.  

Leoneda Inge:  Governor Bev Perdue’s office says North Carolina shipped 27-billion dollars in merchandise last year, a record.   It’s eight-percent higher than the year before.  And it’s 60 percent higher than a decade ago.  Derek Chen is the Director of Foreign Operations for the state Commerce Department.  He says the growth is phenomenal.

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Business & Economy
8:30 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Thousands to Lose Extended Jobless Benefits

Thousands of North Carolina residents have been notified that their extended unemployment benefits will expire by the end of the week.

Leoneda Inge:  Notices were sent out to 17-thousand unemployed workers, informing them of the bad news.  The extended jobless benefits from the state kicked-in four years ago, during the recession.  But because of the steady drop in North Carolina’s unemployment rate, the extended benefits, or E-B trigger has stopped.  Larry Parker is a spokesman for the Commerce Department’s Division of Employment Security.

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Graham County Jobless Rate Tops 20-percent

More than 80 counties across North Carolina experienced a drop in their unemployment rates.  But communities in the eastern and western corners of the state did not fare as well.

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Science & Technology
8:10 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Nanotech Commercialization Conference

The scientific concept of nano-technology became popular in the 1990s.  A conference this week in Durham focuses on the commercial applications of nano-technology.

Leoneda Inge:  Today kicks off a two-day Nanotech Commercialization Conference at American Tobacco in Durham.   John Hardin heads the office of Science and Technology at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, a sponsor of the conference.   He says there will be many researchers at the conference but also many business developers.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Wed March 14, 2012

NC Job Growth in Business Services

North Carolina’s unemployment rate has remained over 10-percent for the past year.   Despite the high rate, one sector continues to experience growth.

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Business & Economy
4:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Caterpillar Chooses Georgia over NC

Caterpillar has decided to build its new plant in Georgia, instead of North Carolina.

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Business & Economy
8:00 am
Mon July 18, 2011

NC Explores Business Ties with Russia

Leaders in the North Carolina Department of Commerce are taking a renewed interest is business with Russia.

North Carolina business leaders are pretty sophisticated – according to Jean Davis.

Jean Davis:  "Many of our North Carolina companies have solid bases in China and Japan and are now looking at Russia as the next horizon for them."

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6:00 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Report Says Education is Key to State's Economy

The recession has highlighted the need for a more educated workforce. That's according to "The State of the North Carolina Workforce 2011-2020" report. Kenneth Poole is CEO and President of the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness.

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