A new report said the state isn't checking to make sure companies getting incentives are really creating the jobs they claim.
The report by State Auditor Beth Wood digs deep into the process of paying incentives to companies bringing jobs to North Carolina.
That program is called JDIG and has paid out $600 million since 2003 to businesses that say they've created jobs here.
The auditor's report found the state is relying on the companies themselves to report job-creation totals.
The report stated that "does not meet the definition of an objective and independent process."
When Channel 9 showed the findings to state Sen. Bob Rucho, he said changes need to be made.
"There is no mechanism for accountability or validating the fact that they've done what they said they were going to do. And that's a flaw in the system," Rucho said.
It's a flaw Channel 9 has been asking about for two years.
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue made hundreds of job announcements during her four years in office, but an Eyewitness News investigation in 2011 found her administration had no process in place to track whether those jobs were really being created.
Little has changed since Republican Gov. Pat McCrory took office.
The auditor's report states neither administration has a suitable mechanism in place to independently verify the job claims of companies being paid incentives.
In response, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said she's directing her staff to "develop recommendations on how we might adjust our processes."
Rucho said the state needs to rely less on companies' honesty and more on proof.
"When the business is the one responsible for validating the fact that we created the jobs and they said 'trust me,' that really isn't how you do business in this world," Rucho said.
The auditor's report doesn't say that any company has falsified job creation claims, but says the lack of checks opens that possibility.
The state commerce secretary said she'll look for ways to improve and report back by November.