Stop what you are doing and pay attention. North Carolina is an employment disaster zone.

Looking at the raw, non-seasonally adjusted numbers, the state added 29,000 workers to the unemployment rolls in November. The state lost 40,000 jobs during the month as the workforce actual shrank at the same time.

Put another way — the state now stands 297,000 jobs short of pre-recession totals. At the end of 2010. Things are not getting better. Money will not soon be flowing into government coffers at rates anywhere near that required to sustain the current size and scope of government.

What else can you say?