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What’s happened to Durham-Chapel Hill’s Average Wage?

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Durham-Chapel Hill MSA leads NC’s metro areas in average wage.  However, over the past decade, that gap has narrowed.  While job growth has been solid, the loss of jobs in particular high-paying industries has contributed to a meager increase in the Durham-Chapel Hill MSA’s average wage.

High Times II: High Wage Industries Show High Wage Growth

Monday, December 10, 2018

We’ve recently shown that employment is growing in High Wage Industries, but are their wages growing more than middle- or low-wage industries?

Job-Finding and College Enrollment in North Carolina’s Tight Labor Market

Monday, December 3, 2018

North Carolina’s growing economy is making it easier for jobseekers to find employment in our state. This article describes how our red-hot labor market has bolstered the outcomes of some of our state’s workforce programs and affected enrollment trends in our state’s public universities and community colleges.

October Unemployment Rates Increase in All NC Counties

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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

New QCEW Data from LEAD for Everyone, Including WDBs

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Recently, the Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) of NC Commerce released the latest Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data.  This data is from 2018 Quarter 2, and represents one of the best sources of economic data for North Carolina and its smaller regions, including Workforce Development Boards (WDBs).

NC’s October Unemployment Rate Decreases

Friday, November 16, 2018

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.6 percent from September’s revised rate of 3.8 percent.

High Times: High Wage Industries Show High Growth

Friday, November 9, 2018

High wage industries appear to be growing as of late, but what do the past and current trends show?

Out of Prison, Out of Work: A New Normal for Ex-Offenders in North Carolina?

Monday, October 22, 2018

The share of former offenders finding work in North Carolina within a year after release from state prison declined from 62% in 1998 to 39% in 2014. This article explores some of the factors that may be responsible for this trend, including changes in the labor market that have made it harder to find a job—particularly for blue-collar workers, and especially for former offenders.

North Carolina Employment Projections to 2026

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

North Carolina is projected to add over 389,000 new jobs by 2026. The following summary analyzes information on employment growth and projections at the state level and provides key findings by major industry and occupational groups.

Recent Changes in Projections Methodology

Monday, October 8, 2018

This post will describe recent changes to North Carolina Long Term Employment projections.