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Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of last week’s local and regional news from the Tar Heel State:  Asheville looks to the arts as an economic engine. . . Record numbers of visitors headed to the Smokies this fall. . . State and federal environmental regulators are on a collision course. . . Income growth in North Carolina lags the broader U.S. . . Getting ready for the holiday shopping season.
North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.7 percent from September’s revised rate of 5.8 percent.
  • 20 November 2015
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1664
Over half of North Carolina’s workforce has a more advanced educational credential than is required for entry into their field of work.  This article describes who these workers are, where they are employed, and what “underemployment” can tell us about our state’s labor market.

Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of last week’s local and regional news from the Tar Heel State:  A new Raleigh-Norfolk highway corridor gets a nod from Congress. . . Exports are down in North Carolina (and everywhere else). . . Two perspectives on the experience of veterans in North Carolina’s civilian economy.

  • 16 November 2015
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1889
According to a new report, automation will change, but not eliminate jobs in the short term.
Veterans and military personnel have a tremendous impact on North Carolina. In an earlier LEAD Feed post, we highlighted how military spending supports 578,000 North Carolina jobs and nearly $34 billion in state personal income.

The U.S. Census Bureau has put together some statistics from the 2009-2013 American Community Survey highlighting the veteran population and its impact on North Carolina and the U.S., which you can find here: http://www2.census.gov/library/infographics/2015/comm/vets/nc-vets.pdf.
Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of last week’s local and regional news from the Tar Heel State:  Looking for opportunity in Cuba’s agriculture sector. . . North Carolina scores second place in the latest business climate ranking. . . SBA small business loans in North Carolina are at an all-time high. . . The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina turns one-year-old. . . Raleigh gets ready for Google Fiber.
  • 9 November 2015
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1793
Focus groups are a key tool for understanding business and industry needs in your region. In this article, we define the characteristics of focus groups and outline five tips for conducting them effectively. 

Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of last week’s local and regional news from the Tar Heel State:  A strong year for North Carolina’s ports. . . A big consolidation in the state’s energy industry. . . The shifting economic development landscape in Western NC. . . A critical look at industrial megasites in our state. . . Charlotte and Raleigh have room to grow.

  • 2 November 2015
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1756
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