Three counties in the East are on the receiving end of fresh federal stimulus funds for road projects, but a new analysis says highway improvement projects are not improving employment figures.
As Associated Press analysis finds that spending on roads and bridges under the stimulus plan has had no effect on local unemployment and the boost to the construction industry has been minimal. Local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless of how much stimulus money Washington poured out for transportation.
The Governor's Office announced last week 13 new projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including resurfacing and shoulder work on 13/17 in Bertie County, and resurfacing US 264 in Wilson and Nash Counties.
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