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Veteran’s Day 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019

LEAD honors our veterans by doing what we do best: help people with information and data.  Here are some interesting data points regarding North Carolina Veterans from the new 2018 1-Year American Community Survey! 

NC Annual Economic Report: Gross Domestic Product

Monday, November 4, 2019

North Carolina had the 11th largest economy by gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. in 2018 at nearly $566 billion, increasing 2.9% from 2017 – level with U.S. GDP growth and higher than NC’s 2017 rate (2.2%). Combined, the Finance and Manufacturing sectors accounted for 38% of the state’s GDP.

NC Annual Economic Report: Population Change

Thursday, October 31, 2019

While North Carolina’s 2018 year-over-year population growth rate was both higher than that of the U.S. and roughly in line with the state’s recent annual growth rates, Mecklenburg and Wake Counties accounted for 33% of the state’s net growth.

September Unemployment Rates Decrease in All NC Counties

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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

The State of Reentry: An Update on Former Offenders in North Carolina’s Labor Market

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Individuals exiting prison are benefiting from improved job prospects as our labor market heats up. However, they continue to struggle with low rates of employment and poor wage earnings compared to the rest of the population. This article updates our findings from previous research using new data covering the years 2015-2017.

NC’s September Unemployment Rate Decreases

Friday, October 18, 2019

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate of 4.2 percent.

Higher Education Leads to Higher Earnings for Students with Disabilities in North Carolina

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Individuals with disabilities earn considerably lower wages on average than their peers. In this article, we use data from the state’s Common Follow-Up System (CFS) to show that much of this disparity can be traced to differences in higher education attainment between those with and without disabilities.

August Unemployment Rates Decrease in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

In August, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 40 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

NC’s August Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged

Friday, September 20, 2019

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from July’s revised rate of 4.2 percent.

Goodness Gracious, Government Grows

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Is the size of the government in North Carolina growing or shrinking?  What is behind it?  Get some answers about government employment in this blog post!