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    Examining North Carolina’s Falling Unemployment Rate

    On January 1, maximum unemployment insurance (UI) benefits dropped across most of America. Not in North Carolina. The Tar Heel State already ended extended UI benefits in July 2013. What happened afterward has caused considerable controversy. No one disagrees that North Carolina’s unemployment rate began rapidly falling almost immediately after … More

    The Jobless Recovery Continues with High Unemployment

    At the height of the recession, one in 10 Americans who wanted to work could not find employment. Since then, the unemployment rate has gradually fallen. Typically, when the unemployment rate goes down, it’s because more people find jobs. In this recession, however, employment rates have been flat. In February, … More

    Unemployment Rate Drop Due to Workers Leaving Labor Force

    The November employment report appeared to be good news. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest level since 2009, and the economy created 146,000 jobs. However, a closer reading of the details shows that the labor market is not recovering any faster but instead continuing its long, painful … More

    Infographic: Americans Fleeing the Job Market

    On Friday, Americans woke up to the news that the labor market in April 2012 continued its plodding path of mediocrity. A mere 115,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate remained above 8 percent. But one of the most troubling indicators of the economy’s poor climate is the declining … More