Pain and gain

Pain and gain: Gutted unemployment benefits bolstered the ranks of low-paying companies on our list of  largest employers.

The manufacturing myth

The manufacturing myth: The governor wants to rebuild the economy by growing manufacturing. Do the numbers add up?

Deciding which size is the best fit

Free & Clear: In a matter of weeks, the 2014 election cycle will begin with candidates filing for county, state and federal offices. In North Carolina, the stakes couldn't [...]

UNC system does more with less

Free & Clear: The debate between fiscal conservatives and liberals has not been about whether the state should pay for higher education but how - and how much.

North Carolina gets some good news

Free & Clear: To a journalist,” Phil Donahue once observed, “good news is often not news at all.”

Help wanted: jobs creator, a real one

Capital GoodsI read that N.C. State University economist Mike Walden predicts the state’s unemployment rate will drop by 2 percentage points next year.

Regional Report Triad September 2013

Rockingham County used to be known for textiles and tobacco. Now it’s attracting a more explosive industry.

Regional Report Charlotte July 2013

More than 150,000 of the 573,207 people who work in Mecklenburg County commute there from another county in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan statistical area.

Regional Report Triangle July 2013

Nearly a dozen tech companies are hiring in the Triangle, attempting to fill hundreds of jobs at new or expanding operations in the region.

Regional Report Triangle June 2013

Cary-based nonprofit EntreDot Enterprises helps entrepreneurs connect the dots and learn how to make their businesses a success.