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The persistent image of eastern North Carolina is one of an agrarian section with high poverty, a less educated workforce, and a lagging infrastructure. Quinterno examines what is driving the economy of this area in the twenty-first century and where people are employed--agriculture, manufacturing, retail and service, private employers, small businesses, and the military. Charts provide information on demographic characteristics of the region, workforce, wages, and the three largest private employers in each county.
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North Carolina Insight (NoCar JK 4101 N3x), Vol. 22 Issue 1, Feb 2006, p2-32, 35-37, il, map, f Periodical Website
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In 2004, the eastern region of the state contributed 25.8 percent of the state's total travel expenditures, and five of the forty-one counties contributed 13.5 percent of the statewide total of $12.6 billion. Tourism is the third highest private sector employer in North Carolina and benefits hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, and welcome centers.
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In 1920, Lillian Exum Clement became the first woman to serve in the General Assembly. In 1968, Henry Frye became the first African American elected to the General Assembly since the 19th-century.
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Over 116,000 soldiers, approximately one-eighth of the troops in the United States military, are stationed in eastern North Carolina, along with more than 21,000 civilian workers on the military posts. The military presence pumps billions of dollars each year into the state's poorest region. The military impacts a number of areas besides the economy. This article examines the military's impact on the region's economy; North Carolina's share of defense contracts; ports; sales and property taxes; taxpayer-financed services and growth and housing; public schools; military spouses and retirees on the local work force; rates of crime, domestic violence, and child abuse; race relations; environment; the presence of drinking establishments, pawn shops, and tattoo parlors; and air space restrictions.
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Agriculture in eastern North Carolina is a major contributor to the state's economy. In 2003, farms generated over $7 billion in cash receipts. Of the ten counties that brought in the most cash receipts for crops and livestock, seven were from the east. Duplin, Sampson, and Bladen Counties rank one, two, and three in hog production in the state. However, this section of the state does face challenges. Tobacco is no longer the number one crop; the federal buyout of the tobacco support program changed the business arrangement for raising it. Livestock producers face environmental regulations. Many farms are consolidating into larger ones. Whether this is good or bad for the farmer is yet to be determined. Global competition will affect the east, as well as the whole state.
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