Tony Copeland Coverage
Editorial: Facts & fixes to really help N.C.'s unemployed
Friday, May 1, 2020 -- These are not the best of times. The troubling shortcomings of unemployment benefits laws meant to protect N.C. workers are vividly exposed. Even with the added assistance in federal COVID-19 stimulus legislation, workers are left in far greater jeopardy than those anywhere else in the nation. There are key provisions in the state's unemployment laws that work against the protection of workers and must be changed now. If not tens of thousands of employees who suddenly have been forced from their jobs will run out of benefits, leaving themselves and their families without anywhere else to turn.
Designed to boost rural counties, incentives buoy wealthy ones instead
For more than a decade, the vast majority of the $1.3 billion in cash grants committed to lure jobs to the state has been directed to companies in the state's most prosperous areas.
Do job promises pay off? WRAL digs into the numbers
In the past decade, the state has promised hundreds of companies grant money in exchange for hiring. But a WRAL analysis finds that job creation often falls short of the targets.
Under two governors, incentive programs miss the mark on hiring
More than a third of the incentive projects announced under North Carolina's largest economic development programs in the last decade failed to generate a single new hire.