After more than three years with an unemployment rate higher than the national rate, North Carolina’s middle class is starting to show the wear and tear. Median household income in the state fell over the decade by nearly 10 percent. And the size of the middle class shrank.
These are the people that Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are trying to reach. But a Pew survey and interviews in the Triangle suggest neither presidential candidate has convinced a majority of middle-class voters they offer a clear path to recovery. Read the full story here.
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