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Although January 2015 labor force and employment estimates for North Carolina will not be released until March 17 due to annual processing and benchmarking of the data, North Carolina's economy is heading into 2015 on a strong, upward trend.
  • 29 January 2015
  • Author: Anonym
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You may have heard that suburban growth is on the decline as people flock to urban areas, but this may not be so. Recent research challenges this and other urban legends.
  • 23 January 2015
  • Author: Josh Levy
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The rate at which workers employed in North Carolina are hired or separate from their jobs (“turnover”) has decreased over the past 20 years. To what extent is this occurring across the state’s 15 metro areas? And is there a connection between metro-area turnover rates and wage growth?
What's the buzz among leading economists in the New Year?  Find out through highlights of this year's annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
  • 16 January 2015
  • Author: Josh Levy
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As contracted employment has become a larger part of the nation’s economy over the past few years, questions about the industries supplying these jobs have gained some traction. In this post, we’ll take a look at the growth of contract work in North Carolina and the wages these jobs command.
North Carolina appears to have a mismatch between its unemployed job seekers and the jobs available to them. This article demonstrates how the long-term unemployed are contributing to this “gap” and continuing to weigh on our state’s economic recovery.
It is relatively easy to understand labor force trends among the school- and retirement-age populations. But why are we seeing declining labor force participation among persons in their prime working years? This article attempts to explain why fewer workers age 25 to 54 are participating in the labor force.
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