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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.

North Carolina's Annual Largest Private Employers List Released

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

North Carolina releases a list of Top 300 Private Employers, compiled annually, based off the first quarter employment size as reported by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wage (QCEW) program. The list breaks out employment by Manufacturing and Nonmanufacturing employment.

Exploring Careers Using Labor Supply and Demand Data

Monday, August 13, 2018

One important factor to consider when pursuing a career is how much competition you will face from existing jobseekers. This article demonstrates how LEAD’s North Carolina Labor Supply/Demand data can be used to inform career decisions.

The Employment and Wages of Offenders in North Carolina Before and After Incarceration

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Do ex-offenders find gainful employment after they are released from state prison in North Carolina? And how does this compare to their status prior to incarceration? This article uses data from the North Carolina Common Follow-up System (CFS) to describe the workforce experience of offenders before and after incarceration.

Help Wanted: North Carolina’s Tight Labor Market

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

North Carolina has a tight labor market, which is creating opportunities for jobseekers but challenging employers who are looking to hire. This article uses LEAD’s North Carolina Labor Supply/Demand data to show how the labor market has tightened across our state’s various regions and occupational groups.

Out of Prison, Into the Workforce: Ex-Offenders and North Carolina’s Tight Labor Market

Monday, July 30, 2018

The labor market is heating up across much of the United States, with employers posting a record number of job openings and reportedly turning to 

An Eye on the Northeast: 5 things to know about NC Northeast Prosperity Zone

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

North Carolina’s Northeast Prosperity Zone is a diverse and beautiful part of our state that attracts talent and visitors from around the world. It’s also a region where many communities face economic challenges as they look to the future. Here are a few things to know about the Northeast’s economy: