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North Carolina’s Top 300 Private Employers Released

Thursday, August 17, 2017

North Carolina releases a list of Top 300 Private Employers, compiled annually, based off the first quarter employment size as reported by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wage (QCEW) program. The list breaks out employers by manufacturing and nonmanufacturing.


What happened to middle-wage jobs in North Carolina?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What happened to middle-wage jobs? This is a question that can be seen on dozens of news article headlines across the country. Although the economy is growing, the types of occupations that have returned since the recession have been uneven. A troubling aspect of employment growth over the past decade has been the decline of middle-wage jobs combined with the explosion of low-wage professions.

A Slow Jobs Recovery in the Sandhills

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Sandhills Prosperity Zone has undergone a transformation in its economy since the turn of the century—while its population has grown (mainly through natural increase rather than in-migration), the number of jobs has actually fallen by 1.7 percent. At the same time, the industry mix of the region has shifted in ways typical of other rural regions of the state—with a decline in manufacturing and a shift to jobs in health care, retail, and accommodation and food service. While manufacturing is still important to the region, the mix of types of manufacturing is different. While this shift from goods-producing to service-producing has occurred throughout the state, however the Sandhills region has not gained enough jobs to grow their economy to the same extent as the state.

The Decline of Summer Employment

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Decline in the labor force participation is an often-discussed topic of the recent Great Recession and its recovery. Numerous demographic factors have played a role in the decline, including the growing number of older Americans and their decreasing labor force participation rates. However, there has been a real effect from the decline of youth employment – primarily youth seeking summer work. This article discusses youth summer employment in North Carolina, and its changes over the past two decades.

Fun Findings from the Projections

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Want to try to see into the future?  LEAD recently completed long term regional industry and occupation projections at both the state and local levels. 

A possible data driven solution to the question ‘What will I be?’

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What are the jobs of future and where will they be?  What are some of the better career options?  LEAD recently released new long term regional projections and the 2017 Star Jobs Lists at both the statewide and regional levels.

Staying Home: Declining Interstate Migration and its Impact on North Carolina

Monday, May 22, 2017

Moving from one state to another within the United States has decline over the past 20 years, and this may have implications for the North Carolina economy and population.

Women’s History Month 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

While celebrating the accomplishments of all women during Women’s History month, we especially focus on Frances Perkins, selected by FDR to be the nation’s first female cabinet member.

Women’s History Month 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Women's History Month provides an opportunity to explore U.S. and North Carolina changes in "women's work."

Broadband Adoption Rates in the Rural South

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This is part one of The State of NC Broadband Series, which addresses broadband adoption rates in general.  The Southeast is not fairing as well as other parts of the United States, and North Carolina's counties have varying degrees of broadband adoption.