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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 the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
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