Updated Aug. 7, 2012 at 7:23 a.m.

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Published: 2012-08-07 07:17:00
Updated: 2012-08-07 07:23:57

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Analysis: There is worry today that the North Carolina economic miracle has waned. Income per person in the state, relative to income per person in the nation, began dropping in the late 1990s and is now in the upper 80 percent range. The state's unemployment rate -- perhaps the most watched economic indicator -- surged during the recession to be one of the highest in the country and has been above 9 percent for more than 40 consecutive months. But a look inside the numbers muddies the waters....

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