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An Eye on the Northeast: 5 things to know about NC Northeast Prosperity Zone

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

North Carolina’s Northeast Prosperity Zone is a diverse and beautiful part of our state that attracts talent and visitors from around the world. It’s also a region where many communities face economic challenges as they look to the future. Here are a few things to know about the Northeast’s economy:

Where are the weekly pay bumps going?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Wall Street Journal article noted that less educated American workers saw the largest weekly pay bumps since the recession began, but is this the case for North Carolina’s less educated workers?

The Data Roller Coaster: A Revised Take On North Carolina’s Labor Force Trends

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

After a volatile year, newly-released data revisions show that North Carolina’s unemployment and labor force participation rates are in fact on a steady path as we head into 2018.  This article explains what labor market watchers can learn from these new data and provides some helpful tips to avoid getting caught off-guard by data revisions.

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.