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North Carolina continues to be an important state for the military and for veterans.  This entry shares some of the most recent North Carolina statistics on veterans from the American Community Survey.
We may think of crowdfunding as a recent phenomenon, but North Carolinians have been using community-financing to create businesses since the late-1800s. This post highlights a video about what became known as the Cotton Mill Campaign.
Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: A new service partnership program at the ports… a profile of changes in the old mill town of Kannapolis… how tech helped Winston-Salem transform… and a downtown revitalization project in West Jefferson wins recognition.
  • 7 November 2016
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 836
North Carolina’s labor force participation rate has declined considerably over the past 16 years.  This article shows how the changing demographics of our population have contributed to this trend.

In September, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties, while increasing in two and remaining unchanged in three.

  • 2 November 2016
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 810
Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: The State Fair sees near-record attendance. . . A historical perspective on Asheville’s upcoming bond measures. . . Google Fiber’s planned roll-out in NC is proceeding despite a corporate shakeup. . . RDU adds a new flight between Raleigh-Durham and Austin, TX.
  • 31 October 2016
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 807

With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month, LEAD decided to take a look at the state of disability employment in North Carolina. 

  • 26 October 2016
  • Author: Devon Holmes
  • Number of views: 1271
Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: Post-hurricane flooding leaves the state with $1.5B in building damage. . . The potential for herbal medicine production in Western NC. . . A quick guide to North Carolina’s 400 years of economic history.
  • 24 October 2016
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 871

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.7 percent from August’s revised rate of 4.6 percent.

  • 21 October 2016
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 1238

8 Key Findings from LEAD’s New Research Report

Is it better to focus efforts on acquiring academic credentials or skills if you’re working toward building a good-paying career?  The answer, not surprisingly, is both.  However, when we control for skills, the wage returns for occupations requiring higher education and experience are reduced by anywhere from a third to two-thirds.  This demonstrates that skills are indeed a significant determinant of occupational wages in North Carolina; quantifies the linkage between education and skills; and highlights the importance of skill development at all education levels.  
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