Looking at North Carolina’s growth rates over the various time horizons is interesting. NC’s growth rate over the past 16 years (1997-2013) ranks 23rd, right about the middle of the pack. Our growth rate looking at the past 4 years, however, drops to 28th. But then focusing on just the last two years (2011-13), NC’s growth rate rises to 12th best in the nation.
Do policy changes help explain the improved relative growth rate in the last 2 years?