Via WRAL TechWire

I came to Raleigh and joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 1978. At that time, manufacturing dominated the North Carolina economy.  Manufacturing production accounted for almost a third of total economic output in the state, and 30% of the workforce had jobs in manufacturing.  No other sector of the state economy came close to these numbers.

Today, the situation is dramatically different.  Manufacturing accounts for about 16% of North Carolina’s economy, and 10% of workers are in manufacturing.

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