President Barack Obama's campaign surrogates said today there was evidence that North Carolina's manufacturing economy was coming back.
“Things are slowly getting better,” said Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines. “We have just seen our unemployment rate in Forsyth County drop to 8.8 percent which is well below the state average.”
In every one of the last 23 months, Joines said the private sector has added jobs.
In North Carolina, manufacturing exports grew by over 19 percent from 2010 and 2011, he said.
State Rep. Pricey Harrison of Greensboro, said “the last thing we can afford is to go back to the same exact tried and failed ideas that got us into this mess in the first place. That is the real choice for North Carolinians and all Americans this fall.”
“Governor (Mitt) Romney's budget proposes to cut critical investments in our community colleges and infrastructure and clean energy sources, that have been vital to job growth in North Carolina,” Harrison said.
The teleconference was set up by the Obama campaign in conjunction with the president's appearance at a Boeing plant in Seattle today in which he was talking about the growth in manufacturing jobs.