I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at the latest job numbers for North Carolina. Mike, the March job figures were recently released. What kind of picture do the numbers paint – good or bad?
Mike: Summary Answer
- A positive picture
- Added 6200 net payroll jobs – a healthy number
- But % increase this year has been lower than in 2018 – consistent with a state economy which – like the nation – is growing but at a slower pace
- Saw a slight uptick in the jobless rate – but for a good reason – people coming in to the labor force
- Over the last year, all sectors except farming, information, and government have added jobs
- Also, among the major regions, in past year Raleigh, Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, and Jacksonville have been the leaders in the job growth rate
- Only Goldsboro and Rocky Mount did not add jobs
- I’m MW
Mary: And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.