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How Women’s Roles are Changing within the Healthcare Sector

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Since 1990, women have become increasingly concentrated within the ranks of healthcare practitioners. A look at the data shows that Registered Nurses don’t explain the trend. To identify many of the women finding work in this field, you have to look for the white lab coats.

The Highest-Paying College Majors in North Carolina

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Workers with Bachelor’s degrees earn far more on average than the rest of the population. But some college majors lead to higher-paying jobs than others. This article shows which majors yielded the highest earnings for 2002-2003 graduates of North Carolina’s university system, using data from LEAD’s outcome reporting website NC TOWER.


Cross County Car Commuting Climbing?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Are counties seeing their resident workers report to work in county more today than in the past?

Industrial and Regional Classifications of Early Birds

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Different industries have different starting times for work.  This post explores industry and regional differences in work starting times among North Carolina workers.

2017 NAICS Release and North Carolina Industries

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The United Census Bureau introduced the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) structure this year, as is done every five years. When looking at changes occurring in North Carolina, there are several worth noting.

The Geography of Job Growth in North Carolina

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The success of large urban metros has been well-documented across the country; They have long-since recovered from the Great Recession, while rural areas are still struggling by and large.  The idea that our very different urban and rural areas are competing against each other might not be fair, or realistic.  The question we need to be asking is how are these areas doing relative to similarly sized geographies across the United States?  And more importantly, what can we learn from these comparable areas outside of our state?

Unemployment and the Great Recession in North Carolina: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

LEAD recently released a report examining unemployed workers and unemployment insurance recipients in North Carolina during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and its aftermath.  This article outlines our main findings, highlighting the attributes and employment outcomes of the long-term unemployed in our state.

Severe Weather and BLS Data (Hurricane Harvey)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On September 15, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the State Employment and Unemployment news release for August 2017. With so many people impacted by the never-ending barrage of storms in the news lately, BLS included the following statement.

A more human estimation on the impact of automation on our jobs?

Friday, September 8, 2017

Different research articles have different conclusions about the rate of automation and its impact on future work. This article explores a new approach developed by ITIF by seeing how it operates in North Carolina.

New Report on the North Carolina Economy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

What happened in the North Carolina economy in 2016? How did the economy fare compared to the U.S. and previous years? What key trends are emerging since the Great Recession? A new LEAD report looks at several key economic indicators for the state, including population and labor force growth, unemployment and wage trends, industry and GDP changes, and projected employment.