NC Budget and Tax Center

Prosperity Watch: The Problem is Lack of Jobs

As policy makers consider reforms to the state’s unemployment insurance program, the latest issue of Prosperity Watch provides some sobering news. Despite an improving national economy, North Carolina’s labor market continues to struggle, as the state’s unemployment rate remains stuck above 9 percent and the jobs deficit continues to grow. Given these trends, it is clear that the problem facing North Carolina’s workers is the lack of available job openings–a fact with significant implications for the unemployment insurance reform debate. See the latest issue of Prosperity Watch for details.

Check Also

A win for seniors and the home health workers who take care of them

Sometimes good news is buried in the fine ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Crumbling ceilings. Failing air conditioning and heating systems. Broken down school buses. Mold inf [...]

This story has been updated with comments from Jim Womack, who did not respond earlier to questions. [...]

For the 18 months, Gary Brown has been traveling through northeastern North Carolina like an itinera [...]

It will be at least another month before state Superintendent Mark Johnson can take over at the helm [...]

Last week, the General Assembly announced which legislators will serve on the Joint Legislative Task [...]

The latest effort in Washington to repeal and not actually replace the Affordable Care Act has a dif [...]

Conservative group “reviewing” bigoted attacks; funding from major NC corporations implicated Nearly [...]

5---number of days since Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham unveiled a new proposal to repeal [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more