Labor Market Publications

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and our Labor & Economic Analysis Division produce a number of useful publications focused on labor markets in the state and nation.

NC Today

NC Today

NC Today is a monthly review of labor market conditions in North Carolina with comparative data from the United States as a whole, and from selected Southern states on various aspects of the economy.

Labor Market Conditions

Labor Market Conditions

State Labor Market Conditions provides a monthly overview of the workforce across North Carolina. It is prepared as an accompaniment for the release of monthly state labor force statistics. State labor force, employment, and unemployment data are presented in narrative and graphic format comparing current month data to the previous month and year. Unemployment insurance activities are also reported.

County Labor Market Conditions provide an expanded overview of the workforce in North Carolina's 100 counties. It is prepared as an accompaniment for the release of monthly county labor force statistics. County labor force, employment, and unemployment data are presented in narrative and graphic format comparing current month data to the previous month and year. Unemployment insurance activities are also reported.

Labor Market Overviews by Workforce Board

Labor Market Overviews by Workforce Board

The Labor Market Overviews by Workforce Board are fact sheets comprised of economic and labor market data specific to each of the 23 WDB areas. Most of the included data has been selected by the WDBs, and includes unemployment rates, unemployment insurance claims, new corporations, and civilian labor force, in addition to other data.

Area Demographic Profiles

Area Demographic Profiles

Area Demographic Profiles provide a glimpse into the business environment and quality of life across a variety of North Carolina geographies. Topics include demographics, education, housing, unemployment, and wages by industry.

Prosperity Zone Data Books

Prosperity Zone Data Books

These data books serve as an introduction to the economies of North Carolina's eight Prosperity Zones, providing a broad overview of the labor market and demographic trends occurring in each. The Prosperity Zones contain between 10 and 17 counties and vary in population from about half a million to more than 2 million. Two of the zones — Southwest and North Central — are heavily influenced by the presence of the state’s two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh. Other zones contain a mixture of metropolitan (greater than 50,000 residents), micropolitan (10,000 to 50,000 residents), and rural areas. Although each zone is presented as a single unit in the data that follows, it is important to remember there is a great deal of variation within each zone.

Employer Needs Survey

Employer Needs Survey

The 2018 Employer Needs Survey, carried out by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the NCWorks Commission, is a survey of over 1,900 establishments of all sizes from across the state. The goal of the survey was to identify the needs of employers across the state, with a particular emphasis on hiring difficulties and recruitment and retention practices. In addition to an overall sample of all industries, we surveyed four industry-specific samples: Manufacturing, Construction, Health Care & Social Assistance (Health Care), and a set of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-related industries (STEM).

North Carolina Annual Economic Report

North Carolina Annual Economic Report

The 2016 North Carolina Annual Economic Report provides a snapshot of North Carolina’s most recent annual labor market data, along with some historical context. This report will help support workforce planning and the process of making policy decisions for workforce development, education, economic development and business engagement.

Release Dates for Unemployment Rates

Release Dates for Unemployment Rates

North Carolina 2018 schedule of LAUS and CES release dates for US, statewide, and local area employment and unemployment statistics.