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Lunch & Listen: The state of working North Carolina (audio)

We kick off this week’s lunchtime podcast series with an interview with Brian Kennedy, Public Policy Fellow with the NC Budget & Tax Center. Brian discusses the center’s new report “Work, Interrupted: How the Recession and a Changed Labor Market Will Affect Millennials in North Carolina for Years to Come.”

Among the major themes of the report:

  • The Millennial generation is now the majority of the labor force in North Carolina.
  • Millennials have entered the labor market at a time of technological change and disruption.
  • Changes in many of the institutions and policies that affect the quality of jobs and the access to increasing skills mean the labor market looks very different for this generation.
  • The Millennial generation also includes more people of color than any generation before, which means that longstanding barriers and historical disinvestment in communities of color, for example, tend to magnify the negative consequences of recessions and policy retreats for people in these communities, while minimizing the benefits of better times and better policies.

Click below to hear Chris Fitzsimon’s radio interview with Kennedy:


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