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After a volatile year, newly-released data revisions show that North Carolina’s unemployment and labor force participation rates are in fact on a steady path as we head into 2018.  This article explains what labor market watchers can learn from these new data and provides some helpful tips to avoid getting caught off-guard by data revisions.

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: North Carolina’s economy has changed a lot in recent decades, but it’s not done shifting. . . Rocky Mount Mills features a brewery incubator. . . UNC campuses that saw tuition cuts due to NC Promise are experiencing a surge in applications.
  • 8 January 2018
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 819
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: College towns are high-poverty (but not necessarily poor). . . A backlash in Holly Springs over new development and construction. . . Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline is one step closer to reality.
  • 18 December 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 366
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: Fayetteville as a population magnet. . . A meat plant closing in Marion wreaks havoc on the local food industry.
  • 13 November 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 427
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: An impending Christmas tree shortage. . . Hemp is a potential success for North Carolina agriculture. . . Affordable housing in our state has practically vanished. . . The CSX project in Rocky Mount might be in trouble.
  • 6 November 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 564
The United Census Bureau introduced the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) structure this year, as is done every five years. When looking at changes occurring in North Carolina, there are several worth noting.
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: Waynesville’s economic development strategy. . . Autumn colors lead to a surge of tourists in Western NC. . . A profile of Hispanic employment and Hispanic-owned businesses in our state. . . UNC SOG explores Asheville’s downtown revitalization.
  • 23 October 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 850
The success of large urban metros has been well-documented across the country; They have long-since recovered from the Great Recession, while rural areas are still struggling by and large.  The idea that our very different urban and rural areas are competing against each other might not be fair, or realistic.  The question we need to be asking is how are these areas doing relative to similarly sized geographies across the United States?  And more importantly, what can we learn from these comparable areas outside of our state?

LEAD recently released a report examining unemployed workers and unemployment insurance recipients in North Carolina during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and its aftermath.  This article outlines our main findings, highlighting the attributes and employment outcomes of the long-term unemployed in our state.

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: Housing push in Charlotte aims to improve economic mobility. . . The state of the railroads in Western NC. . . Walmart’s “Buy American” push and its impact on North Carolina manufacturers. . . Rockingham County struggles with the loss of MillerCoors.
  • 9 October 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
  • Number of views: 413
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