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What Sets Raleigh Apart From Rest of State? Jobs.

The Raleigh Metro area continues to shine after the recession - despite North Carolina's high jobless rate.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the Raleigh Metro area is one of just a handful of markets across the country that has more private sector jobs today than it had before the recession. Mekael Teshome is an economist with the P-N-C Financial Services Group.  Teshome says he's not surprised"

"Yes, In 2013 I believe the Raleigh area will post above average growth, stronger than the US."

P-N-C Financial defines the Raleigh market as Raleigh, Durham, Goldsboro and Rocky Mount.  Teshome says payrolls are expanding in the area and a big generator of jobs is in professional services, which includes high-wage tech jobs.  He says the local median income is five-percent higher than the national average.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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