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Just Released: Data Revisions Reveal Emerging Trends in North Carolina’s Labor Market

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Newly-released data revisions show that North Carolina’s unemployment rate and labor force participation rate are trending upward as we head into 2017.  This article explains what labor market watchers can learn from these new data and provides some helpful tips for how to avoid getting caught off-guard by future data revisions.

African-American History Month – Top 5 Things We Learned from Public Data

Thursday, February 23, 2017

In honor of African-American History Month, we wanted to provide the top 5 interesting facts based on current and historical statistics for African-Americans and African-American workers in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s Gross Domestic Product

Monday, January 23, 2017

North Carolina’s economy ranks as the 10th largest in the county at just under $439 million in 2015. The state seems poised to continue growing, as its growth currently outpaces the national average. This LEAD Feed article explores what GDP measures, why it is important, and examines the state’s GDP from several angles.

Crowdfunding Comes to North Carolina

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The General Assembly recently authorized a new form of crowdfunding in North Carolina, which is intended to help businesses and entrepreneurs better access capital.  In this post, we explain what crowdfunding is and why it matters to our state’s businesses (and investors).

Where the Jobs Are: Supply and Demand for Labor in North Carolina’s Regions

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Which of North Carolina’s regions offer the best prospects for jobseekers?  This article assesses the supply and demand for labor within each of North Carolina’s eight “Prosperity Zone” regions.  

Veteran's Day 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

North Carolina continues to be an important state for the military and for veterans.  This entry shares some of the most recent North Carolina statistics on veterans from the American Community Survey.

The Cotton Mil Campaign: North Carolina's first Crowdfunding Effort

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

We may think of crowdfunding as a recent phenomenon, but North Carolinians have been using community-financing to create businesses since the late-1800s. This post highlights a video about what became known as the Cotton Mill Campaign.

Why Are Fewer North Carolinians Participating in the Labor Force?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

North Carolina’s labor force participation rate has declined considerably over the past 16 years.  This article shows how the changing demographics of our population have contributed to this trend.

October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month, LEAD decided to take a look at the state of disability employment in North Carolina. 

What Impact Do Skills Have on Wages in NC?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Is it better to focus efforts on acquiring academic credentials or skills if you’re working toward building a good-paying career?  The answer, not surprisingly, is both.  However, when we control for skills, the wage returns for occupations requiring higher education and experience are reduced by anywhere from a third to two-thirds.  This demonstrates that skills are indeed a significant determinant of occupational wages in North Carolina; quantifies the linkage between education and skills; and highlights the importance of skill development at all education levels.