In North Carolina, Sanderson Farms, a major poultry processor, is moving ahead with a $91 million plant in Nash County.
Favorable tax and cost structure, labor costs, regulatory climate and transportation infrastructure are important, and so are industry cluster concentrations, access to supply chains and markets, energy resources, weather, quality of place attributes and a host of other factors that states can’t directly control
The retail job growth numbers are significant on several fronts. California added 25,000 retail jobs in a 12- month study period, the most among states, followed by New York, Florida, Texas and Ohio. While it stands to reason large population states would add the most jobs in raw numbers, given how the overall economies were lagging in California, New York and Ohio, job gains in a sector tied so closely to consumer spending are certainly encouraging.