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Charlotte's economy: Where we stand

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.

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