There is a lot more that North Carolina policymakers could be doing to ensure that the state’s jobless workers get back to work. Despite the improving economy there remain too few people employed across the country and in North Carolina relative to pre-recession levels. And the changing nature of work characterized most clearly by the lack of a formal employee-employer relationship but also by lower-wages and fewer employers provided benefits is requiring systems to better align and address these conditions.
A new report released by NELP identifies the need for a state-level response in the face of this challenging labor market that is both recovering from the harm of the Great Recession and being transformed into a more precarious and less secure future for work. The strategies outlined in the report, based on the best available evidence of effectiveness, would not only seek to prevent long-term unemployment—a condition that researchers point to as increasingly likely—but also provide greater help for long-term unemployed jobseekers while ensuring a sound unemployment insurance infrastructure.
Here are some the recommendations that are particularly relevant for North Carolina: Read More