Regional Economies and Outlook

Apr 29, 2020

Got PPP Funds? Make Sure You’re Tracking Those Dollars

In June or July, the goal should be to have all the documentation at your fingertips to help make it easier for you to substantiate and maximize your loan forgiveness.

Apr 29, 2020

PIGGOTT: COVID-19 COULD HAVE LONG-TERM EFFECTS ON AG

In a new report from North Carolina State University, economist Nick Piggott says the pandemic’s impact on agriculture and food systems in North Carolina and the United States could be staggering.

Feb 28, 2020

You Decide: Could a Virus Take Down the Economy?

With all the unknown that comes with viruses and outbreaks, what sort of impact could they have on our economy?

Jan 13, 2020

Walden at the 2020 NC Bankers Association Economic Conference

Walden told the crowd what to expect for NC's economy in 2020.

Sep 19, 2019

Gas prices rising in North Carolina after Saudi oil facility attacks

Walden expects the increased cost of gas to be temporary, however there is one exception that could affect this projection.

Aug 29, 2019

Walden Presents Mid-Year Economic Report

If you missed the event, you can download Walden's presentation titled: "2019 Halftime Economic Report: Nation, North Carolina, Chatham County."

Aug 29, 2019

New Southeast Outlook and Situation

Read Blake Brown's analysis on the economic state of animal agriculture, crops, and government programs in our region.

Aug 12, 2019

Positive side to economic turmoil? Lower interest rates

“Yes, mortgage rates should trend lower,” says Walden when asked about the impact of declining prices for government bonds amidst the trade war and currency dispute with China.

Aug 8, 2019

Recession more likely if trade, currency wars continue, warns NCSU economist

Check out Mike Walden's interview on the trade war and its potential implications on recession.

Jul 24, 2019

State jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.1% in June

Walden: The state continues to add jobs, but two headwinds are at play — sluggishness of economic activity in the hurricane-impacted areas, and slowdowns in manufacturing and farming — partly due to the tariff skirmishes.