Raleigh – State Rep. Jimmy Dixon called the Great Recession “a wonderful blessing to the state of North Carolina,” WRAL just reported.
How Rep. Dixon believes a global economic downturn that devastated North Carolina is a “wonderful blessing” is unclear. Here’s what happened to North Carolina during the Great Recession:
- In 2011, North Carolina’s “real” unemployment rate – measuring those who have stopped looking for work and those who have found part-time work but would like to work full time – spiked to an all-time of 17.9%. [News & Observer]
- In 2010, nearly 20% of North Carolinians (17.5%) lived below the poverty line. [News & Observer]
- Essential public services like school funding were decimated and have yet to fully recover. North Carolina’s per-pupil spending on schools fell by 9.2% from 2007-08 to 2015-16. [Citizen-Times]
- Homeownership in North Carolina dropped 5 percentage points from 2010 – 2016. Meanwhile, housing prices are increasing faster than wages. [News & Observer]
“Representative Dixon’s comments are shockingly callous and show no regard for the millions of people who lost their jobs, and their homes during the Great Recession,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “This just shows how out of touch Republicans in Raleigh are with the realities faced by North Carolinians around the state every single day. These Republicans should spend less time attempting to rig the system to benefit them and their wealthy donors, and more time talking to real people who have been hurt by their bad policies.”