Demographic Facts You Need to Know, NC vs. US

It’s hard to understand and process new information if we don’t have sufficient context and grounding in basic facts. A lot of what we do at Carolina Demography is help people understand the demographic facts at hand. The facts of interest are often very straightforward: how many people live in NC, where they live, how quickly populations are changing, etc. We make sure that individuals, organizations, and policy makers understand these basics so they can…

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Economic Data Resources

By on 9.28.15 in Economic Data

At Carolina Demography, we don’t just answer questions about basic demographics. We also regularly field questions from individuals and organizations about economic data availability, usage, and interpretation. We discussed demographic data resources in this post; here’s our guide to key data resources for information about the economic well-being of North Carolina residents and labor force details. Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) SAIPE are produced annually for school districts, counties, and states. The main…

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NC in Focus: Labor Day

By on 8.28.14 in Economic Data

In celebration of Labor Day, a national holiday created to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers, here's a quick look at some data about North Carolina's labor force. 4.7 million North Carolinians 16 and over were in the civilian labor force in 2013. Among wage and salary employees working in non-farm establishments, nearly a quarter (22.5%) were employed in one of these 10 occupations in 2013: 117,000 North Carolina employees were members…

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Are 93% of men in Polkton, NC, really unemployed?

By on 10.21.13 in Economic Data

I stumbled across the following table while searching for some North Carolina information: Table 1. “Employed Male Civilian Population Percentage City Rank” (low to high), 2006-2010 ACS This table supposedly represents the percentage of the male civilian population that is currently employed based on the 2006-2010 American Community Survey data. As a demographer who works with social and economic data, the standard definition of the civilian population is the subset of the total population 16…

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