The LEAD Feed

Say Hello to the Redesigned NC Today

Friday, December 11, 2015

A new and improved NC Today is now available and looks very different from previous versions. We hope you find the upgrades, which are listed below, to be useful.

Overeducated and Underemployed in North Carolina

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Over half of North Carolina’s workforce has a more advanced educational credential than is required for entry into their field of work.  This article describes who these workers are, where they are employed, and what “underemployment” can tell us about our state’s labor market.

The Robots Won't Eliminate Jobs...Yet

Friday, November 13, 2015

Recently, McKinsey and Company produced a short report regarding automation that was written up in the NY Times.  The report says that

Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans and military personnel have a tremendous impact on North Carolina. In an earlier LEAD Feed post, we highlighted how military spending supports 578,000 North Carolina jobs and nearly $34 billion in state personal income.

Tips for Conducting Focus Groups Effectively

Friday, November 6, 2015

Focus groups are a key tool for understanding business and industry needs in your region. In this article, we define the characteristics of focus groups and outline five tips for conducting them effectively. 

North Carolinians’ Allegiance to State Fair Continues to Grow

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The State Fair has consistently attracted 10% of the state's population over the past 25 years even as the state's population has boomed.

North Carolina Ranks #2 in Job Creation Through FDI Projects

Thursday, October 8, 2015

IBM’s 2014 Global Location Trends report tracks the latest trends in corporate location decisions for new and expansion projects around the world.

Built With Care and Made to Last: The North Carolina Furniture Manufacturing Industry

Friday, October 2, 2015

Although it has faced rapid change and stiff global competition, The Old North State remains a national leader in furniture manufacturing.

2015 NC Career Clusters Guide to Career Planning

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The North Carolina Career Clusters Guide provides a new tool for the state's youth and adults to use to connect their interests and skills with occupations and with the training needed to enter those occupations.

Making Sense of "Conflicting" Commuting Numbers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released updates in commuting data from two different sources: Household Survey (American Community Survey or ACS) and Data from Employers (LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics or LODES). Since the data show numbers that some may feel tell conflicting stories, we briefly show differences between the two data sets and make suggestions for their use in comparable situations.