All posts in Polk

  • August unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Image courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    WNC home to NC’s highest, lowest unemployment rates
    October 3, 2014, Comments Off

    When it comes to finding the state's arguably best and worst locations for finding a job, Western North Carolina was home to both in the month of August, according to new data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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    NC infant mortality rate falls; WNC numbers released
    October 1, 2014, Comments Off

    The Public Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that North Carolina's Infant Mortality Rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births. The Infant Mortality Rate ties 2010 as the lowest ...

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    WNC Transportation: Polk County
    August 26, 2014, Comments Off

    Your guide from Carolina Public Press to information on road and highway repairs, transportation planning organizations, greenways and public transportation in Polk County (including Columbus, Saluda and Tryon).

  • June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    June unemployment falls in all but 3 WNC counties
    August 20, 2014, Comments Off

    New countywide unemployment data show that, by in large, joblessness fell across the 18 westernmost counties of the state between May and June -- arguably the start of tourist season across the mountains. Rates also show that the Asheville ...

  • May 2014 unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    WNC unemployment inches up in May
    July 3, 2014, Comments Off

    A snapshot of May's unemployment shows joblessness increased across much -- but not all -- of Western North Carolina when compared to the previous month. Still, the region shows unemployment highs and lows, with its largest metro area posti ...

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    Medicaid management nonprofit faces closure
    June 11, 2014, Comments Off

    Community Care of North Carolina, a nonprofit with 14 networks across the state — including Western North Carolina — would lose its contract with the state under the Senate’s plan. One organization in the network, Community Care of We ...

  • Sen. Ralph Hise, co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, explains part of the budget in a meeting last week. Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press
    Raleigh Report: What the NC Senate budget proposal means for WNC
    June 2, 2014, Comments Off

    The state Senate proposal enumerates changes on everything from teacher pay to coal ash monitoring, and -- in WNC -- shows details on lawmaker's funding priorities, including on the Western Crime Lab, repairs at the WNC Agricultural Center ...

  • A quick look at unemployment rates in April across the North Carolina mountains. Map section courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    18 WNC counties post decreases in unemployment
    May 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Still, with the statewide unemployment rate for the month at 6 percent, most of the region had higher-than-average unemployment, according to new data released by state employment officials this week.

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    Racial disparities persist in WNC infant deaths
    May 29, 2014, Comments Off

    In NC, African-American babies are dying before their first birthday at about two-and-a-half times the rate of white babies. The numbers are only slightly better in Buncombe County, with African-American infants twice as likely to die befor ...