July 23, 2020 -
A group formed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) to strategize reopening the state's economy is chaired by a scion of the billionaire Walton family who sits on Walmart's board of directors, and it is staffed by employees of his holding company, according to documents obtained by Facing South.
April 3, 2020 -
The South has the nation's highest rate of unbanked people, a population that's always economically vulnerable. It's especially true in the time of coronavirus.
February 2, 2018 -
Despite losing two high-profile organizing campaigns in Mississippi and South Carolina last year, labor unions gained 130,000 members in the South in 2017.
November 5, 2016 -
Four days before Election Day, embattled Gov. Pat McCrory announced North Carolina had landed the 2018 World Equestrian Games, a major economic boost. The businessman who will host the games is a major McCrory donor and a close business associate of Donald Trump.
September 18, 2015 -
The Great Recession took a disproportionate toll on African-American workers, especially in the South. Efforts are underway to address the labor movement's history of racism and to organize workers of color across the region and beyond.
February 20, 2015 -
This week Walmart announced it would boost starting wages for employees to $10 an hour by next February. Some view the modest increase as a victory for workers' organizing efforts -- but others see it as an attempt to deflect the growing movement for a more substantial wage hike.
July 10, 2012 -
The recent jobs report showed the economy continues to struggle. Many of the states that have seen the biggest job gains are in the South -- but that likely won't help Obama much in November.