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Data and research are at the heart of the Rural Center’s work. We believe that from our most remote places to the highest level of state government, unbiased data is critical for building sustainable communities and sound public policy.

Small Business Dynamism in North Carolina

Small Business Dynamism in North Carolina

A new joint report from the NC Rural Center and Thread Capital shows that a decade after the Great Recession, North Carolina's small businesses are still struggling to recover and catch up with their urban counterparts in the state. The report, Small...

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Taxable Wage Data Tells Mixed Story for Rural NC Economies

Taxable Wage Data Tells Mixed Story for Rural NC Economies

The growth or decline of jobs, often benchmarked by the unemployment rate, is the default measurement of economic wellbeing. However, income from jobs is another excellent way to assess economic change. The source of this data is the Quarterly Census of Employment and...

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The Big Crunch: Data for Advocacy

The Big Crunch: Data for Advocacy

by Jason Gray, Senior Fellow, Research & Policy Being a strong advocate requires that we have a focused but flexible message that works well with different audiences. How do you make the case for an issue for someone who grew up in your community? How would you...

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The Great Recession and the Great Divergence

The Great Recession and the Great Divergence

by Jason Gray, Senior Fellow for Research & Policy and Alfred Garshong, Research/GIS Associate Have you noticed that the word "rural" shows up in the news more these days? Hmmmmm, wonder why. Here in North Carolina, a major reason is the great divergence in...

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