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The National Center for Education Statistics recently published The Condition of Education 2020, which is a compendium of education statistics and data collected and compiled by NCES researchers.
The National Center for Education Statistics recently published The Condition of Education 2020, which is a compendium of education statistics and data collected and compiled by NCES researchers.
 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released “The Employment Situation — April 2020” Friday stating the seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate was 14.7%.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released “The Employment Situation — April 2020” Friday stating the seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate was 14.7%.
 
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the March U.S. unemployment figures Friday, you’d think they would reflect the onslaught of applications reported over the past two weeks: 3.3 million the week ending March 21 and 6.6 million last week.
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the March U.S. unemployment figures Friday, you’d think they would reflect the onslaught of applications reported over the past two weeks: 3.3 million the week ending March 21 and 6.6 million last week.
 
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Monday night that nations that are withholding numbers that accurately reflect the true extent of the coronavirus outbreaks from inside their countries are putting people’s lives at risk.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Monday night that nations that are withholding numbers that accurately reflect the true extent of the coronavirus outbreaks from inside their countries are putting people’s lives at risk.
 
With several days of in-person early voting remaining, ballots cast so far in the 2018 general election already have exceeded all ballots cast early during the 2014 midterm election
With several days of in-person early voting remaining, ballots cast so far in the 2018 general election already have exceeded all ballots cast early during the 2014 midterm election
 
Crime statistics are down. We're really doing well, other than you take a couple of places around our nation where they have different policies.
Crime statistics are down. We're really doing well, other than you take a couple of places around our nation where they have different policies.
 
While the term “fake news” may be of recent vintage, the phenomenon isn’t. For decades, policymakers in North Carolina and elsewhere have trafficked in poorly understood, misleading, or demonstrably false information
While the term “fake news” may be of recent vintage, the phenomenon isn’t. For decades, policymakers in North Carolina and elsewhere have trafficked in poorly understood, misleading, or demonstrably false information
 
One of the Administration's top priorities is providing more Americans the opportunity to obtain relevant education and skills that lead to a good job.
One of the Administration's top priorities is providing more Americans the opportunity to obtain relevant education and skills that lead to a good job.
 
Elections are full of numbers. Misuse those numbers, and you might end up making arguments that are full of something else
Elections are full of numbers. Misuse those numbers, and you might end up making arguments that are full of something else
 
For decades, the American higher education establishment was able to sell the idea that promoting college was sound policy because it seemed that nearly all graduates found good, high-paying jobs
For decades, the American higher education establishment was able to sell the idea that promoting college was sound policy because it seemed that nearly all graduates found good, high-paying jobs
 
It's back to school time. While parents and children get ready for what we hope is another successful academic year, here are some interesting numbers for everyone concerned about education in North Carolina.
It's back to school time. While parents and children get ready for what we hope is another successful academic year, here are some interesting numbers for everyone concerned about education in North Carolina.
 
Over the past two years, North Carolina has improved 18-spots in Wallet Hub's rankings of the quality of education in all 50 states, breaking through to the top-20 best schools in the country
Over the past two years, North Carolina has improved 18-spots in Wallet Hub's rankings of the quality of education in all 50 states, breaking through to the top-20 best schools in the country
 
I am a community college failure. Or perhaps I should say, I helped fail one community college. Decades ago, after receiving my bachelor's degree, I enrolled in a few community college math and statistics classes to prepare for graduate school. Had I not taken those classes, I doubt that I would hav
I am a community college failure. Or perhaps I should say, I helped fail one community college. Decades ago, after receiving my bachelor's degree, I enrolled in a few community college math and statistics classes to prepare for graduate school. Had I not taken those classes, I doubt that I would hav
 
It's hard to reach the right conclusion when you start with false premises.
 
North Carolina is a top 10 state for job creation in 2015, according to analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by Professor Lee McPheters at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
North Carolina is a top 10 state for job creation in 2015, according to analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by Professor Lee McPheters at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
 
While North Carolina's unemployment rate currently stands at just under 6 percent, some argue that problems in the state's labor market are worse than that one statistic would indicate.
While North Carolina's unemployment rate currently stands at just under 6 percent, some argue that problems in the state's labor market are worse than that one statistic would indicate.
 
Over the past 12 months, the nation as a whole has added nearly three million net new jobs
Over the past 12 months, the nation as a whole has added nearly three million net new jobs
 
The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education is the state agency responsible for home and private school oversight and data collection. This week, the agency published annual private and home school statistics for the 2014-15 school year.
The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education is the state agency responsible for home and private school oversight and data collection. This week, the agency published annual private and home school statistics for the 2014-15 school year.
 
According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money. Another third lose a significant proportion of their credits...
According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money. Another third lose a significant proportion of their credits...
 
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
 
According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a pretty good grasp of what's going on in their jo
According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a pretty good grasp of what's going on in their jo
 
Two years ago, the federal government quietly abandoned its $60 million effort to isolate "green jobs" from employment in other sectors of the economy, a campaign that one key congressman called little more than "propaganda designed to advance a misleading political narrative" and that a former...
Two years ago, the federal government quietly abandoned its $60 million effort to isolate "green jobs" from employment in other sectors of the economy, a campaign that one key congressman called little more than "propaganda designed to advance a misleading political narrative" and that a former...
 
A new report from the Center for American Progress claims that the "Great Recession" devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed...
A new report from the Center for American Progress claims that the "Great Recession" devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed...
 
When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest jobs report on December 19, most North Carolina politicians, journalists, economists, and policy analysts immediately zeroed in on the state's recent performance.
When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest jobs report on December 19, most North Carolina politicians, journalists, economists, and policy analysts immediately zeroed in on the state's recent performance.
 
The job rationale for going to college is intense these days, especially now that there are statistics from state governments showing that some majors offer dismal prospects while others are high-paying.
The job rationale for going to college is intense these days, especially now that there are statistics from state governments showing that some majors offer dismal prospects while others are high-paying.
 
The latest federal employment report delivers excellent news for North Carolina. That's the assessment from the John Locke Foundation's chairman, who notes that state employers added 14,000 new jobs in September. That means a net employment gain of 108,500 over the past year.
The latest federal employment report delivers excellent news for North Carolina. That's the assessment from the John Locke Foundation's chairman, who notes that state employers added 14,000 new jobs in September. That means a net employment gain of 108,500 over the past year.
 
How is North Carolina's economy doing? That is always an important question. During election season, however, it takes on added significance. Fairly or not, voters often hold incumbent politicians responsible for the condition and recent performance of the economy.
How is North Carolina's economy doing? That is always an important question. During election season, however, it takes on added significance. Fairly or not, voters often hold incumbent politicians responsible for the condition and recent performance of the economy.
 
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced today that 90.6 percent of drivers and passengers in North Carolina are wearing their seat belts.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced today that 90.6 percent of drivers and passengers in North Carolina are wearing their seat belts.
 
I have been discussing teacher pay rankings for years. In fact, three years ago I wrote a newsletter piece titled, Education spending in North Carolina: The ranking problem. In that piece, I outlined the major problems associated with the National Education Association (NEA) rankings of teacher...
I have been discussing teacher pay rankings for years. In fact, three years ago I wrote a newsletter piece titled, Education spending in North Carolina: The ranking problem. In that piece, I outlined the major problems associated with the National Education Association (NEA) rankings of teacher...
 
The next time you see or hear a politician, policy analyst, activist, or journalist say that North Carolina’s unemployment rate has fallen “largely” because of workers dropping out of the labor force, ask for a definition of the term.
The next time you see or hear a politician, policy analyst, activist, or journalist say that North Carolina’s unemployment rate has fallen “largely” because of workers dropping out of the labor force, ask for a definition of the term.
 
If all you know about North Carolina's recent economic performance is what you get from Twitter feeds, partisan press releases, or brief mentions on television newscasts, then much of what you "know" is flat wrong.
If all you know about North Carolina's recent economic performance is what you get from Twitter feeds, partisan press releases, or brief mentions on television newscasts, then much of what you "know" is flat wrong.
 
It's certainly reasonable for people to use the unemployment rate and the number of jobs created to evaluate the performance of an economy.
It's certainly reasonable for people to use the unemployment rate and the number of jobs created to evaluate the performance of an economy.
 
Under the Bureau of Labor Statistics definition, discouraged workers are those who would otherwise be in the labor force but have gone so long without finding a job that they have stopped looking. According to critics of North Carolina's July 2013 exit from extended benefits under the...
Under the Bureau of Labor Statistics definition, discouraged workers are those who would otherwise be in the labor force but have gone so long without finding a job that they have stopped looking. According to critics of North Carolina's July 2013 exit from extended benefits under the...
 
If you are even an occasional reader of this space, you know that I put very little stock in "best places for business" lists. There are too many of them, reflecting too many different and mutually incompatible methodologies. They produce conflicting information and often bear little relationship...
If you are even an occasional reader of this space, you know that I put very little stock in "best places for business" lists. There are too many of them, reflecting too many different and mutually incompatible methodologies. They produce conflicting information and often bear little relationship...
 
Beaufort County NOW, Symbiotic Networks's prototype for their Symbiotic Publisher Content Management System (CMS), has one of its best months in traffic during the month of October, 2013, while setting its benchmark for hits per day, and per month.
Beaufort County NOW, Symbiotic Networks's prototype for their Symbiotic Publisher Content Management System (CMS), has one of its best months in traffic during the month of October, 2013, while setting its benchmark for hits per day, and per month.
 
When I go on the air or in front of audiences to discuss North Carolina's sluggish economy, one response I often hear is that the problem isn't really statewide. The state's major metropolitan areas are doing fine, I am assured, while it's the rural areas that are truly struggling to produce new...
When I go on the air or in front of audiences to discuss North Carolina's sluggish economy, one response I often hear is that the problem isn't really statewide. The state's major metropolitan areas are doing fine, I am assured, while it's the rural areas that are truly struggling to produce new...
 
Let me clear on this one issue, Beaufort County NOW is the only news and information cyber site that actually publishes our traffic numbers on a regular basis.
Let me clear on this one issue, Beaufort County NOW is the only news and information cyber site that actually publishes our traffic numbers on a regular basis.
 
The month of August for BCN was nothing short of an outstanding month, where we bested our best in: unique IPs per day, hits, while coming in a close second in page views, and exceeding a number of important milestones.
The month of August for BCN was nothing short of an outstanding month, where we bested our best in: unique IPs per day, hits, while coming in a close second in page views, and exceeding a number of important milestones.
 
In an appearance Wednesday on News 14 Carolina's "Capital Tonight," North Carolina Association of Educators lobbyist Brian Lewis argued that salaries for entry-level teachers in the state were inadequate. At $30,800, newly hired teachers in North Carolina are paid less than fast-food managers...
In an appearance Wednesday on News 14 Carolina's "Capital Tonight," North Carolina Association of Educators lobbyist Brian Lewis argued that salaries for entry-level teachers in the state were inadequate. At $30,800, newly hired teachers in North Carolina are paid less than fast-food managers...
 
That's one way to interpret the current trend of the Index of North Carolina Leading Economic Indicators. Produced every month by N.C. State University economist Michael Walden, the index combines five indicators that tend to correlate with economic growth over time: initial unemployment-insurance c
That's one way to interpret the current trend of the Index of North Carolina Leading Economic Indicators. Produced every month by N.C. State University economist Michael Walden, the index combines five indicators that tend to correlate with economic growth over time: initial unemployment-insurance c
 
July served as a month of firsts for Beaufort County NOW as we set a number of new standards as our readership continues to grow and the quality of our product continue to supersede our competition, but not our expectations.
July served as a month of firsts for Beaufort County NOW as we set a number of new standards as our readership continues to grow and the quality of our product continue to supersede our competition, but not our expectations.
 
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