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Region’s economy grows, but employment picture remains stagnant

BOONE—Economic growth continued in western North Carolina in August; however, labor figures continue to be dismal.

According to the Western North Carolina Economic Index, economic activity increased by 0.4 points in August, the fourth monthly increase in a row.

Regional economy posts gains in May

BOONE—The month of May was a bit kinder for the economy in Western North Carolina. Economic activity, as measured by the Western North Carolina Economic Index, increased by 0.4 points in May, halting three consecutive months of decreases in the index.

Regional economy declines in April, ending first quarter gains

BOONE—Western North Carolina’s economic activity declined in April, erasing earlier job growth in the region.

Marland named research professor at Appalachian

BOONE—Dr. Gregg Marland, formerly with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division, has joined Appalachian State University’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics as a research professor.  Marland will formally begin his affiliation with the university in August when he and his wife relocate to Boone.

World economic crises spur student interest in business and economics history

Jari_t.jpgBOONE—Jari Eloranta lives in one of the most interesting times for someone who is a business and economics historian. Eloranta, who is an associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of History, just turns to the daily papers or national newscasts for current topics to discuss in class.

Regional economy grows, but slightly in WNC

BOONE—Western North Carolina’s economy grew only 0.1 percent in October, and while the growth was slight, it marks the third consecutive monthly increase. The activity is measured in the Western North Carolina Economic Index compiled at Appalachian State University. The index tracks the level of economic activity in 25 western North Carolina counties.

Dr. Todd Cherry on North Carolina’s Economy

BOONE – On Appalachian State University’s cable television program, “Appalachian Perspective,” (see video clip) Dr. Todd Cherry, director of Appalachian’s Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis, discusses how the center has brought together areas of experimental economics, public finance, and energy and the environment to allow broader economic research for the State of North Carolina, specifically Western North Carolina.

Doorways series presents program on India

BOONE—The Doorways International Program Series at Appalachian State University presents Dr. S. Sumathi speaking on “Caste and Social Justice: Positive Discrimination Policy in India.”

Despite gains, economic recovery remains rough in western North Carolina

BOONE—Western North Carolina’s economic activity increased 0.9 percent in August, the largest increase since July 2007. The increase follows three months of declines that totaled 0.6 percent, but as in past months, the Western North Carolina Economic Index paints a mixed picture of the region’s recovery from the recent recession.