It's not true that North Carolina is receiving fewer tourists, you're completely wrong about that, just like you're wrong when you say that it's been losing population. The population has been steadily increasing. It's true that it isn't the best place to find a job, but here are the ten worst states for obtaining employment:
Six of them are Southern states, so North Carolina isn't much different than other parts of its region economically. The bottom three are all Southern states and Louisiana and Mississippi always come in last with everything - employment, education, health care, life expectancy, etc.