Macon County among exceptions
According to a yearly ranking report released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce at the end of 2010, the economy of Macon County is not as distressed as other Western North Carolina counties which have been adversely impacted by the recession in recent years.
The annual NCDC report ranks all 100 counties in the state for economic well-being and assigns each county a tier designation. The most economically distressed counties are designated as Tier 1, followed by Tier 2 and then the least distressed as Tier 3. Factors taken into account per county are average unemployment rates, statutes, percentage growth in populations, median household incomes and adjusted assessed property values per capita.