North Carolina -- The Business Journal reports the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services lost more than $2 million for failing to impose appropriate civil penalties.
This comes after safety inspections at liquefied petroleum gas operations.
A state audit says during one period from October 2009 to September 2010, the department's consumer services standards division collected a little more than $7,000.
However, for the 7,466 violations spotted, it would have paid out $2.5 million.
Violations ranged from a lack of on-site "no smoking " signs to tanks and piping not protected from traffic, faulty valves, inadequate employee training and plants operating without required licenses.
Also in the Business Journal, the number of federal, state and local government jobs in North Carolina are on the decline because of the recession-inspired budget cuts.
Over the last five years, 2,100 positions were lost. According to an analysis of federal data by "American City Business Journal," that's a point-31 percent drop.
Right now, the state now has over 681,000 government jobs.
In 30-states and the District of Columbia, government jobs increased in the last five years.