The NC Department of Commerce published a dashboard to view unemployment insurance (UI) claims by local area. Users can search by county, workforce development board or see cumulative data for the state. In the press release, Commerce noted that not all claims will be eligible for benefit payments.
CAWD will be summarizing and distributing monthly updates about initial claims to city and county leadership in Wake and Johnston counties.
Here is the March summary for our service area. Ninety percent (90%) of claims were Wake residents. As expected, the hospitality industry shed the most jobs. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many who have lost jobs during COVID-19 plan on returning to their employers. However, CAWD is preparing career centers for an influx of people who will seek new opportunities and may need job training.
The dashboard also allows users to see existing claims data, industries where claimants were employed, and claimant demographics.
Access the dashboard here.