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“Sonny” Carolina Rising Mascot to Bring Sunshine To Gloomy Protesters

14:21 01 June in Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dallas Woodhouse


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May 30, 2021

Media Advisory/Press Release  

“Sonny” Carolina Rising Mascot to Bring Sunshine To Gloomy Protesters


While Protesters Preach Doom and Gloom, Carolina Rising to Share Message of Optimism, Job Creation Falling Unemployment 

When: Monday June 2, 2014, 4:00 P.M.

Where: Outside NC General Assembly, Jones Street

Who/What:  Sonny, a dancing sun and the mascot of Carolina Rising will appear outside the Legislature Monday to bring a ray of sunshine to the gloomy protesters who fail to recognize that Carolina is rising from the great recession with new economic and government reform policies.

“Clearly Rev. Barber and his group of protesters need a little sunshine in their lives,” said Dallas Woodhouse, President of Carolina Rising. “With North Carolina showing strong job creation due to tax and unemployment reform passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. McCrory there is much to by sunny about. Since the protesters can’t find in their hearts to be sunny and optimistic, we thought we would bring them a little sunshine and provide them with the good economic news they somehow are missing.”

Carolina Rising will offer sun-shaped stress balls to protesters that read, “Jobs up unemployment down.”  Carolina Rising will also offer protesters free Sunny Delight and Sunkist drinks with information about North Carolinas plummeting unemployment rate due to Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly’s tax and unemployment insurance reforms.

“As the protesters begin to realize the McCrory and legislative economic reforms are working these stress relievers provide these committed leftist a way to vent their frustration over being on the wrong side of the policy battles in North Carolina,” said Woodhouse.

Just this week, the Triad Business Journal reported on new data released by the North Carolina Commerce Department that showed North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped in 99 out of 100 counties and in all 14 metropolitan statistical areas.

From the article:

The Triad’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in April, down from 6.6 percent in March and from 8 percent a year ago. The region’s metropolitan areas saw 1,800 more employed workers year-over-year, according by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Statewide, the number of employed workers rose by 25,952 in April to 4.38 million, the report said.

Unemployment rates fell in each of the state’s 14 metropolitan statistical areas, including Burlington, Greensboro-High Point and Winston-Salem.

Unemployment rates fell in 99 of the state’s 100 counties, including each of the Triad’s 12. County figures are not seasonally adjusted. Rates by county in the Triad were:

  • 5.8 percent in Alamance, down from 6.4 percent in March and 8 percent a year ago;
  • 6.4 percent in Caswell, down from 6.9 percent in March and 8.2 percent a year ago;
  • 6.3 percent in Davidson, down from 6.8 percent in March and 8.3 percent a year ago;
  • 5.4 percent in Davie, down from 6.1 percent in March and 7.4 percent a year ago;
  • 5.8 percent in Forsyth, down from 6.3 percent in March and 7.5 percent a year ago;
  • 6.3 percent in Guilford, down from 6.8 percent in March and 8 percent a year ago;
  • 6.4 percent in Montgomery, down from 7.2 percent in March and 8.8 percent a year ago;
  • 5.8 percent in Randolph, down from 6.4 percent in March and 8.5 percent a year ago;
  • 7.3 percent in Rockingham, down from 8.2 percent in March and 9.5 percent a year ago;
  • 5.1 percent in Stokes, down from 6.1 percent in March and 7.1 percent a year ago;
  • 6.3 percent in Surry, down from 7 percent in March and 8.7 percent a year ago; and,
  • 4.9 percent in Yadkin, down from 5.5 percent in March and 7.5 percent a year ago.


Recently enacted reforms are reducing unemployment, creating jobs, growing the labor force and have dramatically changed the economic climate since the Monday protests began.  According to data by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in April as employers added more than 15,000 new jobs across the state.

With continued steady job growth, North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 2.2 percent lower than one year ago; a reduction of more than 30 % since the Monday protests began.  This unemployment drop is the second most significant improvement in the nation, and the rate remains below the national average for a third consecutive month.

North Carolina Statewide Unemployment Rate History:

January 2011:              10.4% - GOP takes over NC House and NC Senate

June 2011:  10.4% - GOP overrides Gov. Perdue Budget veto. Lowers sales tax, income tax,    raises teacher pay 1.2%

April 2013:  8.9 % - First Monday Protest

July 2013:   8.9% - Gov. Pat McCrory signs tax relief and reform

March 2014:   6.3%

April 2014:   6.2%


The Mission of Carolina Rising is to champion sound public policy that secures a rising and thriving North Carolina.

An innovative citizen engagement organization, Carolina Rising supports free market, education and government reform policies that will guarantee a better North Carolina for future generations. Organized as a 501 C-4, Carolina Rising seeks to aggressively promote sound public policies and individual freedoms and seeks to educate citizens by comparing & contrasting competing visions for the Tar Heel State.

Carolina Rising Headquarters

5 West Hargett Street Suite 502

Raleigh, NC 27061

Phone: 1 844-OUR-CAROLINA RISE | Fax: 844-687-2276
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