Why Real Jobs NC?

Prior to the 2010 elections, our state and country were headed in the wrong direction. North Carolina’s increasingly anti-business legislature had increased spending at an alarming rate – state spending had gone up over 300 percent in the last 20 years while our population had only grown 42%. Taxes had increased to the point where the overall tax burden in the state is one of the highest in the Southeast, causing prospective industry to stay away and North Carolina’s economy and jobs to lag behind.

A Record of Success

In 2010, a group of concerned industry leaders launched Real Jobs NC to support pro-business candidates in 19 state legislative races. Our 1.7 million dollar voter education campaign helped to elect 16 pro-business candidates, ultimately giving business-friendly leadership control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century.

In 2012, Real Jobs NC stayed active and helped complete the picture by helping elect a pro-business governor. The new administration and pro-business legislative majorities passed tax reform, reduced burdensome regulations and took other business-friendly action. Today, unemployment is down, jobs are being created, and North Carolina’s economy is on the way back.


There is still more work to be done. Real Jobs NC will continue applying resources where they will make the most difference – electing business-friendly candidates that will help North Carolina’s economy and make North Carolina a great place to live and work. Join us and support our efforts to continue bringing real jobs back to North Carolina.