2009 Defense Spending In NC Exceeds $4 Billion

State officials say Department of Defense spending in North Carolina has exceeded $4 billion.

The spending in fiscal year 2009 was a 10 percent increase over the $364 million spent in the year before.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said the numbers indicate that the state is becoming a significant player in the military and defense industry.

The state says 86 of North Carolina's 100 counties have businesses that performed defense-related work last year.

A 2008 Department of Commerce study found that the military has a $23 billion impact on North Carolina's overall economy.

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