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Press Release

Today’s new local labor market data shows some cities are still struggling to replace jobs

(Feb. 2, 2022) — New county-level jobs data was released today for North Carolina. Here are a few highlights: 

  • Nearly three-quarters of NC counties still have fewer people working than before the pandemic arrived. Almost half of North Carolina’s counties have fewer people working than before the economic collapse of 2008.
  • The Greensboro-High Point area is still more than 14,000 jobs below where it was before the pandemic, the Charlotte area is over 15,000 jobs short, and Asheville is still trying to replace 6,500 jobs.
  • Data shows that federal aid is speeding the COVID-19 recovery

"Several rounds of federal aid have helped families navigate tough times and made the recovery from the COVID-19 recession much faster than we saw in the wake of the Great Recession,:" said Patrick McHugh, Research Manager with the NC Budget & Tax Center. "These are very different kinds of crises to be sure, but there’s no doubt that massive federal assistance in the form of Unemployment Benefits, housing assistance, deferred student loan payments, and more have kept families afloat and hastened the economic recovery."

Get updated data on our Labor Market page.

For more information about the Labor Market, contact Patrick McHugh, Research Manager, at [email protected]; or Mel Umbarger, Communications Manager, at [email protected].

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