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North Carolina Takes Home the Gold Shovel for Economic Development Success

Friday, Jun 8, 2018

North Carolina has received Area Development magazine’s 2018 Gold Shovel Award, recognizing the state’s success in winning high-impact economic development projects last year. In 2017, North Carolina experienced one of its best years for new job recruitment in over a decade.

North Carolina’s April County and Area Employment Figures Released

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in April.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.9 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.8 percent.  All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.

U.S. Treasury Certifies North Carolina Opportunity Zones

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Unites States Treasury certified 252 areas in the state as official North Carolina Opportunity Zones on May 18, potentially opening a new source of investment capital for regions of the state that need it the most.  In April, the state recommended all of these areas for federal consideration

North Carolina’s April Employment Figures Released

Friday, May 18, 2018

The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.

North Carolina’s March County and Area Employment Figures Released

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in March.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.3 percent.  All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases.

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