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The success of large urban metros has been well-documented across the country; They have long-since recovered from the Great Recession, while rural areas are still struggling by and large.  The idea that our very different urban and rural areas are competing against each other might not be fair, or realistic.  The question we need to be asking is how are these areas doing relative to similarly sized geographies across the United States?  And more importantly, what can we learn from these comparable areas outside of our state?

LEAD recently released a report examining unemployed workers and unemployment insurance recipients in North Carolina during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and its aftermath.  This article outlines our main findings, highlighting the attributes and employment outcomes of the long-term unemployed in our state.

Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: Housing push in Charlotte aims to improve economic mobility. . . The state of the railroads in Western NC. . . Walmart’s “Buy American” push and its impact on North Carolina manufacturers. . . Rockingham County struggles with the loss of MillerCoors.
  • 9 October 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 146
On September 15, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the State Employment and Unemployment news release for August 2017. With so many people impacted by the never-ending barrage of storms in the news lately, BLS included the following statement.
In August, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates remained unchanged in 49 of North Carolina's 100 counties.
  • 27 September 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1205
Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: A shortage of construction workers in Raleigh. . . FEMA funding for Matthew recovery efforts is on hold.
  • 25 September 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 189
Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: eastern North Carolina plans for a new interstate. . . Both Charlotte and Raleigh are “aggressively pursuing” new Amazon headquarters. . . ECU leads a new initiative to promote rural prosperity.
  • 18 September 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1092
North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged percent from July’s revised rate of 4.1 percent.
  • 15 September 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 318
Different research articles have different conclusions about the rate of automation and its impact on future work. This article explores a new approach developed by ITIF by seeing how it operates in North Carolina.
Just in time for your Tuesday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: Asheville’s restaurant sector contends with a labor shortage and high cost of living. . . The impact of rising sea levels on North Carolina’s coastal communities.
  • 5 September 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1279
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