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North Carolina has a tight labor market, which is creating opportunities for jobseekers but challenging employers who are looking to hire. This article uses LEAD’s North Carolina Labor Supply/Demand data to show how the labor market has tightened across our state’s various regions and occupational groups.
Earning a college degree can lead to higher wages and better career opportunities. But does this assertion also hold for students who left college prematurely with a lower degree or no credential at all? This article tries to answer this question by analyzing completion rates and subsequent outcomes for students seeking associate degrees from the NC Community College System.

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

  • 1 August 2018
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 751
The labor market is heating up across much of the United States, with employers posting a record number of job openings and reportedly turning to overlooked population groups to meet their need for talent. This article uses data from the North Carolina Common Follow-up System (CFS) to show how a tight labor market can bolster the employment prospects of former prisoners.

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.2 percent from May’s revised rate of 4.3 percent.

  • 20 July 2018
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 688

In May, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 60 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

  • 27 June 2018
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 928
In this first installment of An Eye On, we cover the state’s Northeast Prosperity Zone.  We'll give you five things to keep in mind when thinking about the economy of North Carolina's Northeast region.

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent from April’s revised rate of 4.4 percent.

  • 15 June 2018
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 720

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

A Wall Street Journal article noted that less educated American workers saw the largest weekly pay bumps since the recession began, but is this the case for North Carolina’s less educated workers?
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