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Jobs Numbers Continue to Exceed Expectations in February

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The United States’ labor market continued to show signs of strength in February 2024, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total nonfarm employment increased  by 275,000 jobs, outpacing January’s increase of 229,000, according to the report. Unemployment has remained below four percent for more than two years, reaching 3.9 percent in February. 

In February, the healthcare sector added 67,000 jobs; government employment increased by 52,000 jobs; and food services added 42,000 jobs. The social assistance sector added 23,000 jobs while the construction industry added 23,000 jobs. 

The full BLS report can be found here

Solar leases help NC farm owners up revenues, keep homestead

In the serene fields of Pendleton, North Carolina, Ajulo Othow, founder of EnerWealth Solutions, draws inspiration from her post-Katrina economic development work to establish solar installations that not only respect the landscape but offer sustainable income to local landowners. Her projects prioritize minimal disruption while maximizing benefits, reflecting a thoughtful approach to renewable energy in rural settings, and enhancing both economic and environmental resilience.

North Carolina Tenants Union seeks to level playing field in state’s tight housing market

In response to challenges faced by North Carolina tenants, including unjust evictions, unaffordable rent hikes, and poor living conditions, the North Carolina Tenants Union (NCTU) was officially launched with the aim of empowering tenants through collective action for fairer housing policies and laws. With a statewide network of local tenant unions, NCTU focuses on crucial issues such as legal representation in eviction proceedings, strengthening housing codes, and facilitating collective bargaining for lease renegotiations.

Troubled waters: DEQ proposes adding 400+ miles of streams, rivers to impaired list

Despite Bogue Sound’s serene appearance along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, it faces significant environmental threats from bacteria due to aging wastewater infrastructure and other pollution sources, prompting a proposal to list over 1,500 acres of the sound on the federal impaired waterways list for the year. This situation underscores a broader concern across the state, with over 400 miles of streams and rivers proposed to be added to this list, reflecting the ongoing challenge of balancing development and environmental preservation.