To judge the strength or weakness of a region's economy, economists look at many indicators. Our jobs, our homes and our debts all provide clues to the Charlotte area's financial health.
In some cases, indicators are intertwined. Building 100 single-family houses puts an estimated 284 people to work – from carpenters and bankers to sod farmers and appliance salespeople. A person with a steady job is more likely to buy stuff than someone who is unemployed.
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Below is an overview of four key parts of the Charlotte region's economy, as well as what to watch in the months ahead. Jefferson George