Black-owned businesses across North Carolina were on the rise as of 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

At the start of the COVID pandemic, from 2019 through 2020, the percentage of Black-owned businesses in the state increased and made up about 4 percent of all North Carolina businesses by the end of the year.

In most industries, Black ownership is still scarce, however. Banks, retailers, and some healthcare services are mostly white-owned.

Credit: Graphic by Nicole Pajor Moore

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