Regional Development

May 28, 2019

Federal lawmakers propose increasing tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21

Walden noted about 10,000 people across the state are employed in the industry, a number that has decreased as more manufacturers rely on automation.

May 14, 2019

NC State Class of 2019 graduates into strong job market

"If young people are staying in this area – the Research Triangle area of North Carolina – even better," Walden said. "We have a lower unemployment rate, we have a faster growing economy. A lot of people say we are the 'it' economy. This is the place to be."

May 1, 2019

For farms, minimum wage is just one small piece of survival puzzle

“Higher minimum wages may have different effects on different farms based on the crop produced, the size of the farm and the proximity to large metropolitan areas,” said economists Amy M.G. Kandilov and Ivan T. Kandilov of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Apr 29, 2019

Experts Examine Future of Transportation in NC

The round table was sponsored by Guilford Technical Community College and North Carolina Railroad Co. The transcript was edited for brevity and clarity.

Apr 17, 2019

Economist: Why North Carolina has so many open high-tech jobs – and how to get one

Walden provides his thoughts to WRAL.

Apr 2, 2019

Walden Appointed to State Transportation Committee

ARE Extension Economist Mike Walden will assist state officials in creating a transportation plan for North Carolina.

Mar 7, 2019

Piggott Presents to House Ag Committee

Nick gave his presentation, "US and NC Agricultural Outlook," to the House Ag Committee.

Jan 23, 2019

Walden Delivers 2019 Economic Outlooks

Walden's outlooks address economic trends in North Carolina.

Jan 10, 2019

Walden Presents on NC Transportation

Walden updated attendees of the NC Transportation Summit on trends in NC transportation.

Dec 31, 2018

NC Economic Index shows modest rise, but may indicate slower growth in 2019

Other components of the Index changed little, possibly signally the beginning of a transition to a slower growing state economy in 2019, said NCSU economist Mike Walden, PhD, who compiles the Index.