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From Disconnection to Opportunity: Youth Labor Force Engagement in North Carolina

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Early adulthood represents a formative period in one’s life when educational and employment opportunities establish a foundation for future economic success. For some youth, however, detachment from these key experiences can have long-lasting consequences. These divergent pathways underscore the importance of analyzing youth connection trends and fostering engagement during this critical juncture in life.

Most Workers Who Lost Their Job During the COVID-19 Recession in North Carolina Were Quickly Re-Employed

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

North Carolina saw a record-high number of layoffs during the COVID-19 recession. However, the vast majority of workers who lost their job were quickly re-employed, with most of them returning to their pre-layoff industry sector and their pre-layoff employer. This article uses data from the North Carolina Common Follow-up System to show that the COVID-19 recession had a much smaller impact on displaced workers than previous recessions.

June Unemployment Rates Increase in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

In June, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 98 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

The Impact of Increased Job Openings on Community Colleges

Thursday, July 28, 2022

North Carolina’s strong labor market presents plenty of employment opportunities for people who might otherwise choose to return to school. At the same time, enrollment in higher education intuitions such as the state’s community college system has declined. What does this mean for the state’s and individual’s long-term economic resiliency, and how can leaders combat current enrollment trends?

NC’s June Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Friday, July 22, 2022

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from May’s revised rate of 3.4 percent.

The 5 Most Important Things We Learned from NC Businesses

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

In uncertain economic times, business leaders, policymakers and the general public want to know what’s currently happening as well as the future course things might take. Following the sudden and unprecedented shock caused by the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, a variety of “real time” indicators were created to measure rapidly changing economic conditions. 

NC Today and What It Means: Job Openings

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The NC Today dashboard serves as a monthly update on statewide labor market and economic conditions. But what do the numbers mean? Using the April 2022 update, this blog post continues the prior series and provides context to job openings data.

May Unemployment Rates Increase in Most NC Counties

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

In May, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 89 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

NC Today and What It Means: Manufacturing Hours Worked

Monday, June 27, 2022

The NC Today dashboard serves as a monthly update on statewide labor market and economic conditions. But what do the numbers mean? Using the April 2022 update, this blog post continues the prior series and provides context to manufacturing hours worked.

NC’s May Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Friday, June 17, 2022

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from April’s revised rate of 3.4 percent.