CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina economist Michael Walden spoke to businesses at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Wednesday to discuss his economic projections for the year ahead.
When it comes to our state's economy, feelings of uncertainly and skepticism still linger among many.
“We need to focus on the unemployment rate, that's the main problem,” said Walden, professor of economics at North Carolina State University.
However, after a discussion with Walden, a group of Chapel Hill and Carrboro business owners said those feelings may soon go away.
“They still have a concern about the general direction of the economy I think it's improving. I think it's improving dramatically,” said Walden.
Walden believes up to 90,000 jobs will be added to our state's work force in 2013. In 2012, a net growth of 65,000 jobs were added to North Carolina.
“I think that's being driven by a better housing market, employment market, and with better household finances,” Walden said.
During the next five years he projects North Carolina will see 400,000 additional jobs and expects positions will be in the service industry.
Helen Antipovs owns a business that provides home care for senior. She said with the ongoing demand for health care and services he business is thriving.
“We were able to hire and put people to work. We were able to get more customers this time,” said Helen Antipov, owner of Comfort Keepers.
“In our industry we are definitely having to hire. We definitely need competent certified nursing assistants for our business,” said Antipov.
It's a spike in hiring that Walden expects to continue.
“We're going to see a better economy this year,” said Walden.
Wednesday's event was held by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and presented by Time Warner Cable Business Class. Time Warner Cable is the parent company of News 14 Carolina.