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Decline in the labor force participation is an often-discussed topic of the recent Great Recession and its recovery. Numerous demographic factors have played a role in the decline, including the growing number of older Americans and their decreasing labor force participation rates. However, there has been a real effect from the decline of youth employment – primarily youth seeking summer work.[1] This article discusses youth summer employment in North Carolina, and its changes over the past two decades.[2]


[1] If you are interested in understanding youth summer employment on a national level, please read this recent Wall Street Journal article.

[2] Youth is defined as those ages 16 to 23 while working age are ages 24 to 65. Summer employment encompasses June, July, and August. 

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: tight labor market in Asheville leaves employers struggling to find workers. …Chinese solar panel delegation looks to invest in Charlotte region. …Lowes outsources IT jobs to India.

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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: foreign manufacturers continue to express interest in the Charlotte region. …Bank closures impact economic development in rural areas of the state. …A lack of affordable housing poses challenges in Appalachia.

What are the jobs of future and where will they be?  What are some of the better career options?  LEAD recently released new long term regional projections and the 2017 Star Jobs Lists at both the statewide and regional levels.

Want to try to see into the future?  LEAD recently completed long term regional industry and occupation projections at both the state and local levels. 

In April, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 97 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

Moving from one state to another within the United States has decline over the past 20 years, and this may have implications for the North Carolina economy and population.
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: Wilmington struggles to grow good jobs. . . Consolidation in the banking industry impacts Charlotte’s status as a banking hub. . . Venture capital investment in tech firms outpaces life science firms in North Carolina. . . NC mayors meet in Greeneville to discuss the urban-rural divide.
North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.7 percent from March’s revised rate of 4.9 percent.
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: North Carolina takes top honors in a recent economic development ranking. . . An explanation for why unemployment rates vary by county. . . Employer-led workforce development in Johnston County.
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