FACTSHEET: State Budget Leaves Rural Areas and Communities of Color Behind

October 2013

As North Carolina continues to recover from the Great Recession, the modest improvement the state has experienced has not been equally distributed across the state. Job growth has largely occurred in the state’s metropolitan areas while rural communities continue to lag. Poverty and unemployment rates in rural areas and communities of color are much higher than in urban and white communities. The uneven economic recovery highlights that many North Carolinians are being left behind.

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