Labor & Economic Analysis Division

The Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) collects data, conducts research and analysis and publishes reports about the state’s economy and labor market.  Information and data produced by LEAD help stakeholders make more informed decisions on business recruitment, education and workforce policies and career development, as well as gain a more extensive view of North Carolina’s economy.

LEAD teams 

LEAD consists of a group of experienced and skilled researchers, statisticians, economists and policy analysts in the following four teams. 

  • Economic & Policy Analysis - Studies national, statewide, and local economic trends and provides unbiased, nonpartisan, research-based analyses of key economic and labor market issues important to North Carolina.
  • Federal/State Cooperative Programs (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Business Technology Services - Primary resource for N.C. Commerce in translating business needs into innovative information technology solutions.  This unit’s functions include planning, organizing, and managing N.C. Commerce’s information technology resources to ensure alignment with the Department’s strategic objectives. 
  • Data Analysis & Research - Leverages LEAD's technical expertise and "big data" resources to generate research products as well as evaluate and report on the effectiveness of educational and workforce development programs and services.
     

Products & Services:

Employment and Labor Market Data

Employment and Labor Market Data

  • State employment figuresFind the latest monthly unemployment and jobs numbers for NC, and  a schedule of release dates for future estimates. | SERVICE
  • County & area employment figuresAccess current employment figures for counties and regions within NC. | SERVICE
  • Employment projections  View projections of employment growth by industry and occupation at the state and regional levels. | SERVICE

 

Online Data Services

Online Data Services

  • Labor Data Search Tool (D4) -— Access state and local industry, occupation, employment, unemployment, and other labor force statistics from Demand Driven Data Delivery System (D4). | ONLINE SERVICE
  • AccessNC Access and download custom demographics reports, business data, and area maps. | ONLINE SERVICE

 

Jobs & Career Data

Jobs & Career Data

  • Star JobsExplore and identify prospective careers through the one- to five-star ranking system based on projected job openings, growth rate and wages. | ONLINE SERVICE
  • NCCareers Get detailed Research career information on hundreds of occupations, including education/training, job duties, wages, and employment outlook. | SERVICE
  • NC TOWER Uncover outcome data about programs of study, degrees attained, enrollment and employment for students who have pursued public higher education in NC. | SERVICE

 

Demographic & Economic Data

Demographic & Economic Data

  • County & Regional ProfilesReview summaries of economic, demographic, and community data to better understand the business environment and quality of life in North Carolina’s counties and regions . | SERVICE
  • AccessNC Access and download custom demographics reports, business data, and area maps. | ONLINE SERVICE
Publications & Studies

Publications & Studies

  • The LEAD Feed Gain valuable insights on the state’s economy and workforce from LEAD’s blog articles  | PUBLICATION
  • NC Today Review snapshot of labor market and economic conditions for the state. | PUBLICATION
  • Research &  Publications Discover a wealth of information related to specific research – i.e. industries, labor force, education and workforce program outcomes, and other economic topics. | STUDIES
  • Common Follow-Up System North Carolina tracks educational and employment outcomes and publishes regular reports on our progress | STUDIES