Oct. 10, 2012. Economic growth continued in western North Carolina in August, however labor figures continue to be dismal. According to the Western North Carolina Economic Index, economic activity increased by 0.4 points in August, the fourth monthly increase in a row.
Sept. 6, 2012. Western North Carolina’s economic health improved in July, posting a 0.4 point gain, marking the third monthly increase in a row and halting a two-month slide. The index, compiled by the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University, tracks the level of economic activity in 25 western North Carolina counties.