Since 2000, the urban areas of North Carolina have gained 252,818 jobs. For the rural areas, 98,980 jobs have disappeared (graph 1). In urban areas, 39 percent of manufacturing jobs are gone; in rural areas 43 percent. More efficient operations and gains in technology are responsible (graph 2). Thanks to the Manufacturing Solutions Center and Textile Technology Center, traditional manufacturing, including hosiery and textiles, are gaining traction. The availability of skilled labor is a key component to expansion, the report emphasizes.