Burke County Economic Snapshot 2010 & 2011
(Data Source: NC Justice Center)
- In November 2011, the county unemployment rate was 11.7% compared to the state rate of 9.5%.
- From November 2007 to November 2011, the number of employed persons in Burke County declined by 4,623.
- 18.7% of Burke County residents (16,377 people) lived in poverty in 2010; the state rate was 17.5%.
- 43.1% of Burke County residents were low-income from 2008 to 2010, meaning their incomes were less than twice the federal poverty level ($44,628 for a family of four in 2010).
- 53% of all renters were unable to afford the fair market rent for a 2-bedroom housing unit in 2010.
- There were 379 foreclosure filings in 2011 representing 1 in 108 properties in Burke County.
- On average, from 2008 to 2010, 16% of Burke County residents did not have health insurance.
- 15,579 people were eligible for Medicaid in Burke County in December 2011, a 20.2% increase since December 2007.
- The 4-year cohort graduation rate for Burke County in 2010-2011 was 85%, compared to the state rate of 77.9%.
SUPPORTS FOR WORKING FAMILIES:
- In September 2011, the number of Burke County residents who received assistance from the food and nutrition or food stamp program increased from 2007 by 83.5% to 16,193 people and the share of residents receiving assistance reached 17.7%.
- In 2011 residents in Burke County received state Earned Income Tax Credit refunds totaling $446,833, which supported local businesses and helped workers earning low wages make ends meet.
Burke County United Way Advocacy Areas:
- Unemployment/Underemployment (education, training & emergency assistance)
- Access to Affordable Health Care
- Child Abuse and Neglect Treatment and Prevention
- Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention
United Way of North Carolina Advocacy Areas:
- Pre-School Education Funding
- Extension of the State Earned Income Tax Credit/VITA Site Program
- Expansion of the 2-1-1 Information & referral System to all 100 Counties