Economic Justice

North Carolina’s policymakers set up the rules for our economy and can choose to build an economy that works for everyone. When people work at good-paying jobs and have the income to meet their needs, put food on the table and a roof over their heads, and build wealth over generations, we all benefit.

For too long, economic policy choices have catered to the demands of rich people and profitable corporations rather than the everyday people and small businesses that drive our economy forward. By making sure that everyone — Black, brown, and white — can reach their full potential, we all can benefit from the contributions everyone can make.

That’s right — together we can put an end to poverty and hardship in NC — and make sure that every North Carolinian has the economic well-being they need to thrive.

It will take driving robust economic growth and our substantial public resources to the policies that ensure everyone is connected to opportunity, and making sure those who have been historically excluded are centered in policymaking. From strengthening our safety net to deliver the income, food, and housing that is the foundation of a thriving economy, to ensuring access to child care and career pathways that fuel economic mobility, policymakers can choose to create the public institutions that deliver better outcomes for us all.

And our communities — no matter their proximity to Raleigh, Durham, or Charlotte — can demand good jobs for all and the infrastructure, from transportation to broadband, that ensures opportunity extends across our state from Wilson to Waynesville.

We can join together across North Carolina to demand our leaders compete with other states, not to attract outside businesses by lowering taxes and removing the guardrails that protect us from those that would exploit our environment and work, but instead to deliver well-being that values our work and our innovation.

Economic Justice

The North Carolina We Want

  • North Carolinians have the income and supports to meet the basics so that they can connect to opportunities for mobility and well-being.
  • Communities across the state, particularly those that have not benefited from recent job growth, are connected directly to the benefits of economic development through critical infrastructure.
  • Workers, no matter what job they do or who they are, earn a living wage, have dignity and safety at work, and are able to collectively bargain for fairness in the workplace.

Where to Get Started

What it really takes to make ends meet in every county in North Carolina.

Living Income Standard

Employment and unemployment figures for North Carolina, all 100 counties, and bigger cities updated each month.

Labor Market Data

Data and information about each county in North Carolina, like household income, poverty, and employment.

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