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Extended School Break Means Big Business For Outer Banks

Posted August 16, 2005 10:22 a.m. EDT

— The extended summer school break is helping the Outer Banks' tourism industry, but not in the way you might expect.

The longer vacation did not bring more tourists to North Carolina's northern coastline, but it is keeping beach businesses going strong.

Seasonal workers fill 13,000 jobs, with many of them being teenagers.

Keeping them on the job for two additional weeks supports the area's $618 million-a-year tourism industry.

For the tourists, only about 30 percent of Outer Banks visitors are from North Carolina.