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Here’s how North Carolina’s economy ranks among other states

Where does the Tar Heel State rank in terms of its economy, relative health and innovation potential?

A new report by WalletHub, the personal finance website,ranks North Carolina as the 15th best economy in the country overall.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia, looking at 27 indicators of economic performance and strength. The data it examined ranged from GDP growth to startup activity, according to the report.

North Carolina, with an index score of 57.34 out of 100, also ranked 11th in terms of economic health and 12th for innovation potential. The state placed in the 24th spot in terms of economic activity. Those three categories were looked at to determine states’ overall ranking on the study.

The states with the best economies are Washington, California and Utah. Those with the worst economies are West Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the report.

To see where other states come in, see WalletHub.

by: Jessica Seaman, Triad Business Journal

Survey finds Raleigh appealing for new grads looking for jobs

For recent graduates looking for a place to start their careers, the Triangle has a potent combination of good salaries and reasonable rents, according to a new survey.

Indeed.com and Trulia.com teamed up to take a look at markets that combined strong job opportunities and reasonable costs for housing. That’s a critical combinations for graduates, who don’t want to see their first pay checks disappear when the rent is due.

Some markets, such as San Jose and Washington, D.C., promise high salaries but also have extremely high rents.

That’s not the case in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area, where rental listings on Trulia.com and job postings on Indeed.com looked promising for those starting their careers.

The survey looked at rental costs and also availability of jobs likely to attract recent graduates.

Money crunched the numbers of the top markets and then ranked them by salaries for new graduates. Yahoo’s survey ranked the Triangle No. 15 overall, with graduates making an average of $2,581 a month. That’s not a bad start in a market where Trulia said 9.8 percent of listings in Raleigh and 7.3 percent of listings in Durham-Chapel Hill were affordable.

Money ranked Houston No. 1 ($3,188), followed by Dallas at No. 2 ($2,925)

by: Dane Huffman, Triangle Business Journal

Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Raleigh, N.C.

So much to do this coming weekend but let’s not forget to take time and remember those who have died in service of the United States of America.

The Raleigh area is a perfect place for visitors and locals for Memorial Day weekend. From a hot air balloon festival to baseball games, the destination is packing in the fun over the long weekend ahead.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

Bring the family for a truly-unique event this Memorial Day weekend, Fri.-Mon. The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest in the town of Fuquay-Varina (just a short drive from Raleigh) is an admission-free event that invites the public to enjoy dozens of hot air balloons as they fill the sky in celebration and remembrance. Events include a balloon flow, tethered hot air balloon rides benefiting charities, field games, a Merchant, Arts and Craft Village and more than 40 food vendors. Check out this guide (includes a schedule of events!) from WRAL Out and About for more details!

Show your patriotism

On Sun. evening starting at 7:30pm, the town of Cary‘s Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the Triangle Wind Ensemble for American Celebration: The Best of Broadway, featuring its “big band,” vocal soloists and a salute to our veterans.

Join Veterans Freedom Park, also in Cary, on Mon. for a Memorial Day Observance, including a patriotic ceremony and celebration honoring veterans of all wars and conflicts, 2:30-3:30pm.

Get outside!

Ready to enjoy some fun in the sun? Take advantage of the warmer weather this Memorial Day weekend by enjoying activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing—check out our detailed guide to getting on the water at 11 different lakes and rivers (plus a blackwater swamp)!

Another way to take in the great outdoors is to hit the area’s scenic trails. Take a visual tour of some local favorites, here. With more than 170 miles of hiking and greenway trails, exploration always awaits.

Add some live music and delicious food to your outdoor excursion! Bond Park Boathouse in Cary is hosting musician Jared Place, Fully Loaded Fritters food truck and after-hours boat rentals on Fri., 5-8pm, for Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park. Half-price boat rentals will be available to those with a valid military I.D.

Memorial Day weekend baseball

Catch a Carolina Mudcats baseball game at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. The Mudcats play against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans each evening Fri.-Sun., then at 2pm on Mon. Catch Friday Night Fireworks at the Fri. game, and on Mon., the team is set to sport patriotic-themed jerseys. Hungry? The hot dogs are delicious and, of course, perfect for a baseball game!

Concerts

For a great way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend, head to the Midtown Beach Music Series this Thurs. evening, 6-9pm, to sing along with the Tams and shag dance the night away. Or bring a blanket, enjoy a frosty beverage and listen to the tunes from Muscadine Bloodline during the Live in the District Music Series in Morrisville, 6:30-9pm.

Another great way to kick off the weekend is with Franz Ferdinand at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, 8pm!

Over the weekend, check out a variety of concerts, including the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Art in the Evening with Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Fri., 5:30pm), Maxwell at Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh (Fri., 7:30pm) and North Carolina Symphony Summerfest 2017: New World Symphony at Koka Booth (Sat., 7:30pm).

Animazement

A Raleigh event staple celebrating popular Japanese visual culture, Animazement takes over the Raleigh Convention Center all weekend. The convention attracts thousands of attendees and features a huge range of events, such as videos, cultural demos, fan and guest panels, J-pop/rock concerts, martial arts demos, craft classes, artists, vendors and more.

by: Kristen Baughman, Tabletop Media Group