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Are North Carolina’s wages growing like the nation’s?

Monday, January 7, 2019

While U.S. wage growth remains slow, you may have read that it’s picked up steam in recent months. We’re interested in the extent to which that’s true in North Carolina and where it might be happening in our state’s economy.

Introducing your 2019 North Carolina Statewide Star Jobs!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

LEAD’s career rating system has been updated for the new 2026 projections.  This entry will describe the changes and where you can find more career information.

November Unemployment Rates Increase in Most NC Counties

Thursday, January 3, 2019

In November, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 56 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

NC’s November Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Friday, December 21, 2018

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from October’s revised rate of 3.6 percent.

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.