Economy

An economically healthy metropolitan region needs a vibrant urban core as well as strong suburban and rural communities. The institute offers articles and research on a variety of economic topics.
 

Articles about economic topics

  • N.C. tax reforms: 1921, 1933 and maybe 2013

    As N.C. legislators debate whether or how to reform the state’s tax system, it’s worth taking a look at the principles that should underlie any sound taxation system – and at how two key proposals for change stack up against those principles. (Photo: John Chesser)
  • The N.C. legislative building, Raleigh, N.C. Photo: Jmturner via Wikimedia Commons

    N.C. unemployment benefits take a dramatic hit

    Recently approved unemployment benefit changes in N.C. are structured in a way that will cause additional federal cuts to kick in – reducing by 74 percent the maximum number of weeks that jobless North Carolinians can receive unemployment checks. (Photo:Jmturner via Wikimedia Commons)
  • Gaston, once a manufacturing sector powerhouse, now lags Union

    Local perceptions may not have caught up with the new reality in the Charlotte region’s manufacturing economy. Even before the recession began in 2007, declines in the textile and furniture industries were changing the structure of local employment. As the downturn continued, counties that depended less on textile and furniture manufacturing lost fewer jobs. The result: Several counties traditionally considered centers of manufacturing employment, such as Gaston, now have a smaller percentage of jobs in manufacturing than fast-growing Union.