LEAD (Labor & Economic Analysis Division) publishes several reports that provide information and analysis about current economic trends and conditions. The division publishes monthly reports that provide a snapshot of the state’s economy.
The Economic Snapshot series provides a look at the condition of North Carolina’s economy based on 14 indicators. Each document is a stand-alone indicator that uses the most current data available at the time of publication to track North Carolina’s performance in recent years. The Snapshots are meant to provide an objective evaluation of the state’s economy. In order to assess North Carolina’s progress, the Snapshots use seven comparison states (Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia) that were chosen based on factors such as geographic proximity, similar industry composition, and model economies for North Carolina. There are currently three indicators available, with future Snapshots to be added as completed.
Previously, LEAD published the biannual Economic Index to provide more detailed information on elements essential to economic and workforce development in North Carolina. The Economic Index also contained information and data on several comparison states, such as South Carolina and Virginia. Archived versions of those documents are linked below.
Previous Economic Index Publications
The Monthly Economic Newsletter highlights important economic indicators and their relationship to the national and state economies.
Current Monthly Economic Newsletter
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