NC Commerce Department http://wunc.org en NC Economic Recovery Concentrated In Triangle http://wunc.org/post/nc-economic-recovery-concentrated-triangle <p></p><p></p><p>The latest North Carolina jobless numbers show a spike in county unemployment rates from Alamance to Yancey.&nbsp; But there has been some positive movement over the past year.</p><p>May jobless numbers released by the <a href="http://www.ncesc1.com/pmi/rates/PressReleases/County/NR_May2014CountyRates_M.pdf">NC Commerce Department</a> show 92 counties with a higher unemployment rate than the month before.&nbsp; But from this time last year, all 100 counties saw their unemployment rates drop.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:37:07 +0000 Leoneda Inge 38287 at http://wunc.org NC Economic Recovery Concentrated In Triangle Economic Development Partnership Bill Advances In Legislature http://wunc.org/post/economic-development-partnership-bill-advances-legislature <p>A bill that would create a public-private economic development enterprise tentatively passed the House today. The measure would create a nonprofit corporation that would contract with the state Department of Commerce to attract companies and promote trade and tourism.</p><p>Republican Representative Marilyn Avila&nbsp; addressed the bill's sponsor, Republican representative Tom Murry, saying she thinks the idea will help grow North Carolina's economy.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:41:15 +0000 Jessica Jones 36780 at http://wunc.org Economic Development Partnership Bill Advances In Legislature NC Regions Release Statewide Economic Development Blueprint http://wunc.org/post/nc-regions-release-statewide-economic-development-blueprint <p></p><p>For the first time, North Carolina’s 16 regional councils of government have come together to create a blueprint for statewide community and economic development. &nbsp;</p><p>The report is called <a href="http://www.ncregions.org/public-documents/">“North Carolina Tomorrow, Building Communities for Tomorrow’s Jobs.”</a>&nbsp; It focuses on the competitive advantages of each region, like Tourism and Energy.&nbsp; But also give attention to emerging technologies like video modeling and gaming.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 03:34:46 +0000 Leoneda Inge 36726 at http://wunc.org NC Regions Release Statewide Economic Development Blueprint NC Works: Working To Connect People With Jobs http://wunc.org/post/nc-works-working-connect-people-jobs <p></p><p></p><p>The state Commerce Department has spent the past year making cuts and re-aligning its Division of Workforce Solutions.&nbsp; Today, administrators say the results are positive.</p><p>One initiative getting a lot of attention is <a href="https://www.ncworks.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx">NC Works</a>, an online portal developed to better connect the jobless with jobs.</p><p>Will Collins is the Executive Director of NC Works.&nbsp; He's been on the job for six months and likes what he sees.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 12:22:17 +0000 Leoneda Inge 35388 at http://wunc.org NC Works: Working To Connect People With Jobs The South And Canada 'Do Business' Face To Face http://wunc.org/post/south-and-canada-do-business-face-face <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The business-to-business matchmaking continues today at the Raleigh Convention Center where the leaders from southern states and regions of Canada will try to make deals.</p><p>It’s the first time the Southeastern <a href="http://www.seuscp.com/">U-S Canadian Provinces Alliance or, "SEUS CP,"</a> has met in North Carolina. &nbsp;</p><p>The kick-off to the conference had fingers snapping and heads rocking as musicians jazzed up the meeting room, welcoming dignitaries to the conference.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:42:54 +0000 Leoneda Inge 34999 at http://wunc.org The South And Canada 'Do Business' Face To Face 'Business To Business' Matchmaking At Southeast US Canada Conference http://wunc.org/post/business-business-matchmaking-southeast-us-canada-conference <p></p><p>Governors and business leaders from the Southeastern U.S. are in Raleigh today to talk trade and investment opportunities with leaders from Canada.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Despite what you hear about China and Germany – Canada is North Carolina’s number one trading partner with one quarter of all the state’s exports going to that country.</p><p>Jean Davis is Director of International Trade for the state Commerce Department.</p><p>“You know Canada is such a strong trading partner, that it is often times where we start with our companies," said Davis.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:03:35 +0000 Leoneda Inge 34895 at http://wunc.org 'Business To Business' Matchmaking At Southeast US Canada Conference Which County Has The Lowest Unemployment In The State? http://wunc.org/post/which-county-has-lowest-unemployment-state <p></p><p></p><p>Numbers from the state Commerce Department show the unemployment rate fell all across the state during the past year.&nbsp; But analysts say the economic recovery is still modest.</p><p><strong>Who has the lowest unemployment in the state? </strong>Chatham and Orange Counties - 4.6 percent.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Where is the highest jobless rate? </strong>Graham County - 12.7 percent.</p><p>While the jobless rate fell in all 100 counties, the number of people who reported having jobs decreased in about one-third of the counties.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:22:04 +0000 Leoneda Inge 34680 at http://wunc.org Which County Has The Lowest Unemployment In The State? Unemployment Shrinks With North Carolina’s Labor Force http://wunc.org/post/unemployment-shrinks-north-carolina-s-labor-force <p></p><p></p><p>The state unemployment rate is dropping, but the labor force is also shrinking.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The North Carolina Department of Commerce reports unemployment fell from 8.8 percent in January 2013 to 6.7 percent in January 2014.&nbsp; But that number doesn't include people who have stopped looking for work. &nbsp;The state's labor force is made up of people who work or are trying to find jobs, and that pool shrank by more than 60,000 people during the year.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:38:28 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32263 at http://wunc.org Unemployment Shrinks With North Carolina’s Labor Force New Nonprofit CEO Slows Partial Privatization Of NC Commerce Dept. http://wunc.org/post/new-nonprofit-ceo-slows-partial-privatization-nc-commerce-dept <p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:36:41 +0000 Jorge Valencia 29675 at http://wunc.org New Nonprofit CEO Slows Partial Privatization Of NC Commerce Dept. North Carolina's Innovation Economy Has A Long Way To Go http://wunc.org/post/north-carolinas-innovation-economy-has-long-way-go <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new Report by the <a href="http://www.nccommerce.com/scitech">North Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Science &amp; Technology</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nccommerce.com/scitech"> </a>shows the state is a leader in innovation, but it also points out the many ways in which we need to improve.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:47:33 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 29316 at http://wunc.org North Carolina's Innovation Economy Has A Long Way To Go