Population Growth Slowed in 2009

By the numbers North Carolina’s growth slowed from 9th rank in the country from 4th in 2008.

The top ten highest growth states in the US for 2009 held some surprises to me. With the high rate of foreclosures in Florida, the population growth was a surprise. According to anecdotal sources, homes are beginning to sell again since the over-inflated prices have dropped.

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. North Carolina
  4. Georgia
  5. Floria
  6. Washington
  7. Arizona
  8. Colorado
  9. Virginia
  10. New York
Year % Growth GrowthNumbers NCPopulation USGrowth Rank
2009 1.4 134,000 9.4 million 9th
2008 2.0 180,000 4th
2000-2009 16 1,334,478 8 million 8th

When you look at the numbers behind the ranking, several significant trends emerge.  The labor force has increased over 100,000 since 1999.  Low unemployment prevailed through 2001.  Personalizing the numbers, over 40,000 individuals are without jobs.

The impact of high unemployment touches retail, relocation, foreclosures and home purchases.


NOTE: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment: December 2009 is scheduled to be issued on Friday, January 22, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

Year Period labor force employment unemployment unemployment rate
1999 Jan 436,431 429,046 7,385 1.7%
2004 Jan 479,442 456,023 23,419 4.9%
2009 Jan 546,852 503,653 43,199 7.9%
2009 Nov 561,599 513,541 48,058 8.6%

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