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COVID-19 has created enormous challenges for communities, households, and businesses in North Carolina. In this website, we explore the differential impacts by leveraging timely information from a variety of public and private data sources.

Stages of pandemic employment: Who left the workforce early, and who is out of work now?

By Kaitlin Heatwole

Statewide labor force data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics portrays clear differences between the early and later stage impacts of the pandemic on North Carolina employment in 2020. Black women bore the brunt of the initial spike in unemployment, from which they have mostly recovered. White women were more likely to leave the labor force entirely in the early stages, a trend which has only partially reversed. Black men experienced a dramatic decrease in total employment during the second half of 2020, which was caused by both increased unemployment and increased non-participation in the labor force.

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What Job Openings Tell Us About Pandemic Employment and the Economic Recovery

By Kshitiz Khanal and Nichola Lowe

By April 2020 unemployment in the US reached a historic high, hitting communities of color, and low-earning workers among them, the hardest. We trace the uneven recovery of the economy in North Carolina by examining the jobs openings posted online.

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Outside Of Metropolitan Areas, Housing Sales And Prices Are Up

By Ethan Sleeman

While demand for housing is up across the State, further analysis suggests that there are distinct differences in home sale and price trends between central, outlying, and non CBSA counties. Areas outside urban cores, with historically lower sale prices, are seeing significant growth in sales, as well as wide fluctuations in prices, possibly suggesting a surging interest in living outside the state’s central urban areas.

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Track the impact of Covid across many indicators

We compiled many indicators in Social, Environment, Economy and Transportation domains.