The new state-level Census data is out, and as expected, the picture is not pretty.
Here's the quick scoop:
The Census Bureau will continue to release more data on smaller areas. Please check back for updates.
Unemployment in North Carolina remains persistently high and has
crept up slightly over the past few months. Job losses in the public
sector have outweighed small gains in private hiring.
Underemployment, which measures workers that have stopped looking
for a job and part-time workers who want a full-time job, is also
high--stalling out at around 17% for the past two years.
The labor force participation rate (all people classified as
employed or unemployed) has dropped dramatically in the past four years.
This means that many people have simply stopped looking for work.
In 2009-2010, North Carolina ranked 11th in the nation for
households with children who experience food hardship. Almost 30% of
households with children struggled with food insecurity.
Winston-Salem was the metropolitan area with the highest rate of
food insecurity among households with children in the US (34.8% of
households with children). Greensboro-High Point was 17th with 28.4%.
For more information, visit the Food Research and Action Center website.