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N.C. metro areas earn top honors for creating, keeping jobs

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The Milken Institute named several North Carolina metropolitan areas to its 2008 Best Performing Cities Report. Raleigh-Cary ranked second, and Wilmington ranked sixth on the national index, which measures which cities are most successful at creating and sustaining jobs.

The index compares job, wage, and technology growth over one-year and five-year periods for each metropolitan area.

Five other North Carolina cities made the institute’s Top 100 list: Durham came in 21st, Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord came in 26th, Asheville made 46th place, Fayetteville ranked 52nd and Winston-Salem ranked 99th. In addition, Greenville ranked 22nd in best-performing small metro areas.

“We are proud that North Carolina again ranks at the top in national economic surveys,” Gov. Mike Easley said. “Our recognition that education and economic development are linked and our sustained investments and innovation in our schools, continues to bring good-paying, stable jobs to the state.”

See the full report at http://bestcities.milkeninstitute.org.

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