What does the skills gap really mean for Charlotte career seekers?

What does the skills gap really mean for Charlotte career seekers?

August 27, 2018 | Alyssa Brown

Employers across the country are finding it increasingly difficult to find job candidates that have the right skills for employment.  In the Charlotte area, industries such as manufacturing and construction are struggling to find workers who have even basic production skills. Despite the industry’s strong projected growth in Charlotte, the hospitality sector is also experiencing […]

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Labor Market Review

August 6, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Charlotte Works’ Labor Market Review is a summary of Mecklenburg County’s labor market describing work and labor force trends, including most common occupations posted for, top employers hiring, and unemployment statistics. The report lists the top occupations, credentials, and skills in demand for each of Charlotte’s biggest industries for the first six months in 2018. […]

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Unemployment is low, except for Charlotte’s Youth

July 17, 2018 Alyssa Brown

As Mecklenburg County reaches its lowest unemployment rate in years, many businesses are  struggling with a labor shortage and job-seekers are finding a wealth of job opportunities. Nationally, this has decreased overall, as well as for minority populations including women, black, and Hispanic job-seekers. For one group, unemployment remains much higher than average. Youth between […]

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What STEM Careers are Key to Improving Economic Mobility in Charlotte?

July 3, 2018 Alyssa Brown

   As the Charlotte community works to improve its ranking in economic opportunity, a vital focus has become education and career readiness. Leading on Opportunity,  the organization established to implement strategies to improve economic mobility, outlines several recommendations centered around providing students with access to high quality education, career pathway guidance, and work-based learning opportunities. Jobs […]

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WHERE INDUSTRY SPECIFIC JOBS ARE CONCENTRATED IN THE CHARLOTTE AREA

May 8, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Charlotte is well known for several industries including finance, manufacturing, and transportation.  Have you ever wondered where these types of jobs in these fields are typically found in the Charlotte area? As a part of Charlotte Works’ Careers4All initiative, we are focusing on the zip codes with the highest unemployment rates in Mecklenburg County. For a […]

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Charlotte Works’ Career Ladders: What they are and how to use them

March 8, 2018 Alyssa Brown

The 2018 career ladders are here! Career ladders are a popular tool we’ve designed as a resource for career navigation; a visual representation of possible pathways for upward career growth. Each ladder consists of a group of closely related jobs that depict a path from entry-level occupations to those that require advanced skills or education. […]

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Digital access is critical for Charlotte’s residents and its workforce system

February 15, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Access to broadband internet is something we often take for granted. We rely so heavily on the internet at work, home and shopping that most of the population would consider it a necessity to live. But did you know that 13.2 percent of people in the Charlotte area live in neighborhoods with low or no […]

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Education gaps and their impact on Charlotte’s workforce

February 9, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Education plays a powerful role in economic mobility. Studies show that a child’s zip code is more likely to determine his or her future success than other factors like cognitive ability. Local education initiatives have become a robust talking point for Charlotte leaders working to improve economic mobility. The Leading on Opportunity Task Force report […]

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Housing affordability and workforce in Charlotte

February 1, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Charlotte Works’ Community Poverty Indicators map shares data about poverty across Mecklenburg County based on zip codes. We’re highlighting each of the indicators to show the workforce implications. Housing affordability refers to areas where housing is affordable and/or unaffordable in Mecklenburg County. Affordability is determined by whether the median monthly income is higher than the […]

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What jobs are at risk of automation in Charlotte?

January 18, 2018 Alyssa Brown

Automation is a hot topic as robots and technology evolve to fulfill everyday tasks. Society frequently associates automation with manufacturing-related jobs, and rightly so. Most assembly line positions have been replaced by machines that place products and parts on a conveyor belt to move across a factory. Though this is the most common example of […]

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