According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the state’s 2007 total gross state product was $399 billion. Its 2007 per capita personal income was $33,735, placing 36th in the nation. North Carolina’s agricultural outputs include poultry and eggs, tobacco, hogs, milk, nursery stock, cattle, sweet potatoes, and soybeans. However, North Carolina has recently been affected by off-shoring and industrial growth in countries like China; one in five manufacturing jobs in the state has been lost to overseas competition.
There has been a distinct difference in the economic growth of North Carolina’s urban and rural areas. While large cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, and others have experienced rapid population and economic growth over the last thirty years, many of the state’s small towns have suffered from loss of jobs and population. Most of North Carolina’s small towns historically developed around textile and furniture factories. As these factories closed and moved to low-wage markets in Asia and Latin America, the small towns that depended upon them have suffered.
The first gold nugget found in the U.S. was found in Cabarrus County in 1799.
The first gold dollar minted in the U.S. was minted at the Bechtler Mint in Rutherford County.