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Ten Years After The Great Recession, How Does NC Fare?

North Carolina has rebounded from the recession. But a new report shows some residents are left behind.

Ten years after the Great Recession North Carolina’s economy is back on its feet by many measures. Rates of employment are up, and the hard-hit manufacturing sector has been superseded by a growing tech and professional services industry.

But according to a new report from the Budget and Tax Center, a project of the left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center, a number of economic inequalities still persist in North Carolina, and many of them are amplified in communities of color.

Patrick McHugh of the Budget and Tax Center authored the report and speaks with Frank Stasio about his prescription for economic equality. Stasio also speaks with Wizdom Powell, director of the University of Connecticut’s Health Disparities Institute about the effect of economic downturn on physical and mental health, especially for communities of color.

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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