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Jobs, Jobs Everywhere: An Update on North Carolina’s Tight Labor Market

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

North Carolina’s labor market continues to tighten, with rapid growth in job openings but a dwindling supply of jobseekers. This article uses recently updated data from LEAD’s Labor Supply/Demand Analyzer to highlight some of the most noteworthy labor market trends of 2018.

NC’s March Unemployment Rate Increases

Thursday, April 18, 2019

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.0 percent from February’s revised rate of 3.9 percent.

February Unemployment Rates Decrease in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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

NC’s February Unemployment Rate Increases

Friday, March 22, 2019

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent from January’s revised rate of 3.8 percent.

January Unemployment Rates Increase in All NC Counties

Friday, March 15, 2019

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

NC’s January Unemployment Rate Increases

Monday, March 11, 2019

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent from December’s seasonally adjusted rate of 3.7 percent.

Better with a Bachelor’s? Employment and Wages of UNC Graduates versus Leavers

Monday, March 11, 2019

In this article we examine whether graduating from college and earning a Bachelor’s degree yields better outcomes than enrolling in college but not graduating. We find that college graduates are more likely to find work and tend to earn higher wages than those who do not finish college.

The Labor Market for Former Offenders in North Carolina

Monday, February 25, 2019

Former offenders are primarily employed in industry sectors that are relatively low-paying or slow-growing. This article describes the sectors where individuals recently released from state prison tend to find work, including their pay levels and growth prospects, and lists some promising entry-level occupations incarcerated persons might want to consider as they prepare to re-enter the labor market.

December Unemployment Rates Increase in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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

Construction Jobs and Women in the Workforce: A Follow-Up to ncIMPACT

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

LEAD’s senior economist was recently interviewed in an episode of UNC-TV’s ncIMPACT program covering women in the construction trades. Here are two key things you need to know about construction jobs and women in North Carolina’s workforce.