North Carolina’s August employment figures released

The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.2 percent. North Carolina’s August 2021 unemployment rate decreased 2.5 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,609 over the…

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Film Production In North Carolina Reaches New Investment High

Filmmakers producing projects in North Carolina are on track to invest a record amount of money in the state in 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced August 19, during a press conference at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. The spending amount of $409 million is the largest tally seen in the state since the creation of the North…

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New NC Job Ready Grants Introduced to Support Workforce Training

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina will add a new type of targeted workforce training grant to the state’s economic development toolkit, Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders announced today. Up to $1 million will be available to fund grants during the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The NCWorks Commission, North Carolina’s workforce development board, approved a policy creating the NC…

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New Strategic Plan For Economic Development Highlights Importance Of Talent And Workforce Development

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Commerce today released the Economic Development Strategic Plan for the State of North Carolina. The plan, titled First in Talent, recognizes that investing in North Carolina’s workforce is the key to building a more prosperous and resilient economy for all North Carolinians. The comprehensive economic development plan is a…

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Nearly 180,000 New Visitors Explore Career Options with NCcareers.org

First year of state career resource portal brings new tools and resources for North Carolinians Raleigh, N.C. – One year after Governor Roy Cooper announced the launch of NCcareers.org, a comprehensive career information system, NCcareers.org has experienced 1.3 million page views with more than 178,000 unique users exploring occupations in North Carolina. “The new NCcareers.org provides the right information to make the…

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N.C. Commerce Awards Grants to Three Local Workforce Boards for Youth Initiatives

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Commerce has awarded grants totaling almost $288,000 to support three innovative youth workforce development projects, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “Business leaders tell me their number one need is skilled talent, especially as we emerge from the pandemic. These Youth Initiative Grants will help those businesses by preparing…

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North Carolina Main Street Communities Achieve National Accreditation for 2021

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center at the North Carolina Department of Commerce has announced that 52 North Carolina communities have been designated as a 2021 Accredited Main Street America™ program. This accreditation status is Main Street America’s top tier recognition and signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization and a…

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North Carolina’s March County and Area Employment Figures Released

Raleigh, N.C. – Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in March. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.9 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 3.2 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Fayetteville had the highest rate…

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Governor Cooper Announces Apple Will Create 3,000 Jobs in Wake County

Personal technology company will invest $1 billion in North Carolina Raleigh, N.C. – Apple has selected North Carolina’s Research Triangle region as the location for its newest research and development campus and will create 3,000 jobs in Wake County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Apple plans to invest more than $1 billion in the state by…

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NC Commerce Launches the NC Main to Main Trail to Encourage Tourism

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center recently announced the launch of the NC Main to Main Trail, a tourism-based economic development initiative that leverages North Carolina’s regional, cultural and natural assets for prosperity in Main Street communities statewide. The NC Main to Main Trail is a virtual exploration…

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