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21.01.2010 Policy Points Comments Off on Around the Dial – Jan. 21

Around the Dial – Jan. 21

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21.01.2010 Policy Points Comments Off on Unemployment Claims in NC: Week of 1/2

Unemployment Claims in NC: Week of 1/2

For the benefit week ending on January 2nd, 43,328 North Carolinians filed initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits, and 234,727 individuals applied for state-funded continuing insurance benefits. Compared to the prior week, there were fewer initial and continuing claims. (Note the previous filing week had fewer business days due to the New Year’s holiday.) These figures come from data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Averaging new and continuing claims over a four-week period — a process that helps adjust for seasonal fluctuations and better illustrates trends — shows that an average of 26,738 initial claims were filed over the last four weeks, along with an average of 208,010 continuing claims. Compared to the previous four-week period, both initial and continuing claims were higher.
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One year ago, the four-week average for initial claims stood at 35,515 and the four-week average of continuing claims equaled 184,667.

The graph (right) shows the changes in unemployment insurance claims (as a share of covered employment) in North Carolina since the recession’s start in December 2007.

Although new and continuing claims appear to have peaked for this business cycle, the claims levels remain elevated and point to a labor market that remains extremely weak. Especially troubling is the high level of continuing claims, which suggests that unemployed individuals are finding it extremely difficult to find new positions.

21.01.2010 In the News, Policy Points Comments Off on North Carolina’s Changing Workforce

North Carolina’s Changing Workforce

Yesterday, John Quinterno of South by North Strategies, Ltd. addressed the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Work and Family Balance of the North Carolina General Assembly. Quinterno briefed legislators on the long-term changes to the state’s workforce, particularly the increasing labor force engagement of female North Carolinians. The presentation is below.

21.01.2010 Policy Points Comments Off on Workforce Testimony

Workforce Testimony

20.01.2010 Policy Points Comments Off on Around the Dial – Jan. 20

Around the Dial – Jan. 20

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