The LEAD Feed

Conference on FutureWork comes to town next week!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The NC State Institute for Emerging Issues’ annual conference will be held early next week.  This year’s theme is Future Work, and the key question that the forum poses is: “Is technology and demography shift, how can North Carolina prepare today to create enough good jobs for tomorrow?”

New Labor Market Metric Shows Progress toward Recovery in North Carolina

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In this article we examine a new measure introduced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta—the “ZPOP” ratio—which suggests that 92% of North Carolina’s population is currently in the type of work arrangement they desire. This measure confirms other indicators (such as the unemployment rate) demonstrating that North Carolina’s labor market has made rapid gains in recent years.

STEM Jobs and Science and Engineering Majors in North Carolina

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Workers with degrees in science and engineering are on the fast track to employment in the high-paying STEM jobs of the 21st century.  This article shows how science and engineering grads are faring in North Carolina’s labor market and provides information to help economic developers harness the underutilized STEM talent existing in certain areas of our state.

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.