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Infographic: North Carolina’s Changing Racial Demographics

Communities of Color Increase in the State but Are Overrepresented in Low-Income Jobs

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North Carolina has experienced significant demographic shifts over the last 10 years, and the state is expected to follow the rest of the country’s exponential growth in communities of color. It needs to improve the racial distribution of residents across high and average income-earning occupations to keep pace with the economic demands of these demographic changes. Presently, workers of color are overrepresented in the service sector and crowded out of opportunities in higher-earning tiers such as management.

See the infographic below for data on statewide growth of communities of color and the distribution of employment in North Carolina’s largest industries.

Progress 2050 is a project of the Center for American Progress that develops new ideas for an increasingly diverse America. See their project page for more information.

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