Census Shows State Has 5th Largest Population Growth

In a year when the United States saw the lowest population growth rate since the 1940s, North Carolina managed to be one of the states posting a significant increase in residents.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that North Carolina added about 121,000 residents between April 2010 and July 2011. That's the fifth largest overall increase in the country, behind Texas, California, Florida and Georgia.

Those five states combined account for more than half the entire country's population growth during that time.

Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says that's good news.

But Guillory says a growing population puts pressure on the state's economy to create more jobs. North Carolina's unemployment rate is currently 10 percent.

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