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NC’s April Unemployment Rate Decreases

Friday, May 20, 2022

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from March’s revised rate of 3.5 percent.

NC Today and What It Means: Total Private Average Weekly Earnings

Monday, May 16, 2022

The NC Today dashboard serves as a monthly update on statewide labor market and economic conditions. But what do the numbers mean? Using the March 2022 update, this first blog post in a series of four provides context to statewide total private average weekly earnings.

March Unemployment Rates Decrease in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

In March, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 85 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

Has the NC economy recovered from COVID-19? A look using QCEW data.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest around March 2020, with mass vaccinations beginning in the first quarter of 2021. How has the North Carolina economy changed across the worst of the crisis and its aftermath? 

NC’s March Unemployment Rate Decreases

Thursday, April 14, 2022

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from February’s revised rate of 3.7 percent.

Introducing NC’s 2023 Employment Projections

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Where will the economy be in 2023? This blog post presents highlights from the recently released 2021-2023 Short-Term Employment Projections.

February Unemployment Rates Decrease in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

In February, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 50 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

Entrepreneurship in North Carolina during COVID 19: A Preliminary Investigation

Monday, April 4, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic caused large and lasting disruptions to labor markets. While this disruption was happening, however, data reveals that the economy had a hidden strain of hope and resilience via growth in the births of new establishments and employment associated with those births. 

A review of QWI Data: How Have Women’s Opportunities in the Workplace in North Carolina been affected by the COVID Pandemic?

Thursday, March 31, 2022

As North Carolina’s economy continues to recover from the recession caused by the COVID pandemic, we wanted to investigate how women’s employment and earnings were affected to complement other recent LEAD research.

North Carolina Women’s Response to Pandemic Employment Challenges – Do It Yourself

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

In previous LEAD Feed posts, we examined changes in employment between men and women over the course of the pandemic. Data revealed that the number of employed women grew faster than that of men and without significantly cutting their amount of time worked.  Today, we look at one reason why women’s employment rebounded from the depths of the Covid Recession so quickly – self-employment.