North Carolina is 4th Best State for Business 2014

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No. 4 North Carolina

Taxations & Regulations

Workforce Quality

Living Environment

Key Metrics
State GDP 
  • % Growth ’12-’13: 2.3
  • % Growth ’11-’12 v. Nat’l Avg. (2.5%): 0.2


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2013 %: 6.9
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (6.70%): 0.2

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration 2013: 37,240
  • Rank: 3

State Government

  • State Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’13 ($): 2,005
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 599.7

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 9.9%
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.9%): 0.05%
Key Companies
  • Bank of America Corporation
  • Lowe’s Companies Inc.
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • Niuco, Progress Energy
  • Reynolds American
  • VF Corp.
  • Goodrich
Development Trend Indicator: Positive
Passes tax-reform package hailed as by some as any state’s best in two decades.
CEO Comments
“Areas in North Carolina like Raleigh, Charlotte, Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham have been great places for technology companies. The workforce in these areas have very talented candidates. The western part of the state does not fair as well.”

Based on CEO Survey by

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Tax Foundation

J.P. Donlon: J.P. Donlon is Editor Emeritus of Chief Executive magazine.