Racial Equity Dashboard

We’re again expanding the scope of our Racial Equity Dashboard to continue to expose structural racism in our system so nonprofits, advocates, and policy makers in the Cape Fear Region can align these insights with existing programs and identify new interventions.

This week, we are highlighting disparities in the justice system. Some highlights include:
  • In 2018: Black people made up 18.6% of Wilmington’s population but accounted for 49.8% of arrest charges and 50.4% of incidents.
  • Weapons, administrative, and drugs from 2000-2019 saw the largest disparities between Black and white people.
  • Administrative charges – defined as charges that exist because of a prior offense - made up a significant portion of the total charges with 63.4% of those charges as failure to appear in court.
  • The disparity between weapons charges was the worst. The charge-population ratio is 4, meaning if you’re Black you’re 4 times more likely to get a weapons charge.
The data shows the Black community faces a greater chance of being justice-involved than the White community and shoulders a larger economic burden in fines and fees.
No data point exists in a vacuum, but with each one, we explore the wider system. The Racial Equity Dashboard is step one as we work toward a future of equity and opportunity in our region. For this to truly reflect our community and be a collaborative effort, we need your insights. After you explore the dashboard, tells us what you think at
Click Here to Explore the Dashboard
The economic impact of COVID-19 will be felt for years to come, but according to the results of our regional Cape Fear Talent survey, employers are still hiring.

Over 55% of employers surveyed since mid-March indicated their businesses would grow over the next three years.

"So, amid the pandemic and this jobs downturn, businesses are still expressing optimism about hiring,” Michael Hogan, economic development analyst with RTI International said during the survey’s unveiling. “But it's lower than peer regions in previous years. So, what we are optimistic about and what the data shows us is that companies are still planning for growth and they are expecting to hire between 9,600 and 17,500 new employees in the next three years."
Click here to learn more about what almost 500 regional employers told us about skills, training, and education needed for future job openings.
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Photo by Mallory Cash.
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