Season 1: Episode 8
In This Episode
Unemployment levels are at historic lows.
New Hanover County’s unemployment rate hovers around 3 percent – slightly lower than the state rate of 3.7 percent and way down from 11 percent in 2010. Adam Jones, regional economist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Swain Center presented the region’s economic forecast last month and said over the past decade, the region has created more than 30,000 jobs and reduced unemployment by 6.9%
But sometimes, having a job isn’t enough, especially when it doesn’t have a living wage. On today’s episode, we’re having three conversations about jobs with Will Rikard, director of StepUp Wilmington, a nonprofit helping folks find jobs and build skills to create a vibrant workforce and two graduates of his program.