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North Carolina’s Talent Show is Serious Business

Monday, September 6, 2021

Childcare? Affordable housing? Healthy communities? Productive work environments? These may not sound like traditional topics of a state economic development plan; but these are not traditional times.  

July Unemployment Rates Decrease in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

In July, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

NC’s July Unemployment Rate Decreases

Friday, August 20, 2021

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from June’s revised rate of 4.6 percent.

June Unemployment Rates Increase in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

In June, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

NC’s June Unemployment Rate Decreases

Friday, July 16, 2021

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from May’s revised rate of 4.8 percent.

Help Wanted: An Update on North Carolina’s Labor Shortage

Monday, July 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to record-high job losses across the nation. However, throughout much of the pandemic, employers have reported difficulty finding the workers they need to fill open positions. How can we explain this apparent contradiction? This article uses newly released data from North Carolina’s Labor Supply and Demand Dashboard to illustrate the trends underlying this unprecedented combination of mass layoffs and labor shortages.

Coming Soon: Changes to North Carolina’s Quarterly Employment and Wage Data

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) is a valuable source of data on North Carolina’s workforce. However, like most data series, QCEW data are periodically revised to incorporate improved estimation methodologies or to expand the information offered to data users. This article describes upcoming changes to North Carolina’s QCEW data and explains what these changes mean for you.

May Unemployment Rates Increase in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

In May, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 77 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

NC’s May Unemployment Rate Decreases

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from April’s revised rate of 5.0 percent.