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for Business North Carolina Vol. 15 Issue 5, May 1995
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Using figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Employment Security Commission, and the N.C. Department of Revenue, Greenville economist Dr. James Kleckley, has projected growth rates for the state's 100 counties up to the year 2000.
Since the 1990 census ranked Greenville, Goldsboro, Fayetteville, and Rocky Mount as Metropolitan Statistical Areas, their growth and economic development is exceeding larger cities to the west. This trend is predicted to continue beyond the year 2000.
While all three of the state's major metropolitan areas are experiencing rapid growth, concerns arise as to whether these areas will be able to manage this growth and at the same time avoid problems like crime and inner-city decline.
A lack of usable land to develop, high unemployment, and inadequate infrastructure often lead the state's coastal and mountain counties to depend highly on tourism for revenues, while at the same time seeking other ways to enlarge their economic base.
While many of the state's counties are experiencing economic growth, thirty-one counties are lagging behind. Lying mostly east of Interstate 95, they are made remote by geography and a lack of highways.