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North Carolina in the Connected AgeChallenges and Opportunities in a Globalizing Economy$
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Michael L. Walden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832219

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888742_walden

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. Impacts on People

. Impacts on People

(p.83) 4. Impacts on People
North Carolina in the Connected Age

Michael L. Walden

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents an in-depth look at how the changes that created and developed the North Carolina economy during the Connected Age affected the state's people, including the size and composition of the population, living standards, employment and occupations, and earnings. The analysis identifies winners and losers in the modern North Carolina economy. The final section assesses where the Connected Age will take North Carolina's residents and workers in the future. This chapter may be deemed the most important by many, because ultimately the effects that matter most are those on people. Between 1970 and 2005, North Carolina's population increased 70 percent, 60 percent faster than the national population grew over the same period. In each decade from 1970 to 2005, North Carolina's population growth exceeded the national rate. Internal growth accounted for about one-third of the state's population increase during the Connected Age.

Keywords:   North Carolina economy, Connected Age, population, living standards, employment, occupations

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