Public Fishing Piers Perceived as Job Creators

Five goals that spell out the purpose of three North Carolina Aquarium fishing piers do not mention the word jobs. The three piers are Jennette’s Pier – currently under construction in Nags Head – and Emerald Isle and Carolina Beach piers, which are both in early stages of financing and…


Creating Jobs a Risky Business

In the recently completed election season, every candidate promised to be the one to trust to "create jobs." Indeed, in spite of some pretty heated rhetoric, jobs remained the most-used four-letter word on the campaign trail.


Ranking North Carolina’s 21st Century Job Growth

North Carolina’s private sector workforce shrank by 0.8% over the past decade. Only 15 states saw losses at a greater rate. That’s the finding of an analysis which compared total private sector jobs from January 2000 to July 2010. North Carolina is among 18 states experiencing a net loss of…


Taxpayer Dollars Finance “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy”

Debate over expanding North Carolina’s film incentive program prompted the Civitas Institute to investigate the types of movies produced here. Roughly $700,000 taxpayer dollars went to subsidize the production of a raunchy R-rated film entitled, “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” in 2008. According to Internet previews of the film, the…


Corporate Welfare Undermines Economy

State politicians, ranging from Gov. Beverly Perdue to U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, descended on the Research Triangle Park recently to help celebrate an economic incentive deal with Cree Inc., a Durham-based light manufacturer. The deal will reportedly "create" 244 jobs.


Number of Unemployed in North Carolina Tripled Since 2000

Over the last decade, the number of North Carolinians in the unemployment line almost tripled, increasing by nearly 300,000. At the same time, the state was a net loser of private sector jobs, with more than 130,000 such jobs being lost from 2000 to 2010.


Report Card on County Government Growth

From 2000 to 2009, 73 of North Carolina’s 100 county governments grew their workforce at a faster pace than their respective private sector employment. Furthermore, 60 county governments expanded their payrolls at a rate that exceeded the county’s population growth over the same period. Find out where your county ranks!


Analyzing the State Legislative District Polling – Part 2: Is It Just “The Economy, Stupid”?

Most everyone assumes the economy and unemployment are the two most important issues in deciding the elections this year, but are those the only issues that matter to voters?  In Part 2, we sort through the numbers to find out.


Wage Gap Between State Government and Private Sector Workers Doubles

As North Carolina struggles with double-digit unemployment and stagnant wages, the wage gap between state government employees and private sector workers doubled over the last decade, according to an analysis released today by the Civitas Institute.


North Carolina’s Growing Income Gap

There is a widening gap between two major classes of income earners in North Carolina. In the modern-day version of the "haves" versus the "have-nots," state government workers earn significantly more in wages and benefits than North Carolina's private sector workers. Indeed, the wage gap between state government employees and…

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