According to the AP, which is giving us much of the news while the candidates for re-election must refrain from making unfavorable decisions:

Income grew 0.4 percent following a 0.3 percent gain in February. But after-tax income when adjusted for inflation increased just 0.2 percent in March.

Census figures show more than 17 percent of North Carolina’s population were living in poverty based on federal guidelines in 2010, up from more than 16 percent in 2009. About one in four children were living at or below the poverty level.