The Job Market in the Battleground of Battlegrounds: The North Carolina Suburbs

The Job Market in the Battleground of Battlegrounds: The North Carolina Suburbs

Header graphic north carolina

Urban counties tend to vote for Democrats. Rural counties tend to vote for Republicans. Suburban counties are usually the battleground. What is the jobs picture in these three sets of counties in North Carolina, particularly the suburbs, which are the battleground of this battleground state?  How well has Trump done compared to Obama, even before the pandemic? As it stands, it is no contest.

Image Alt Text

Job gains/loss per month (NC total)

  • Obama 2nd term: 8,284/month
  • Trump 1st term pre-pandemic: 5,904/month
  • Trump 1st term including pandemic: -5,363/month
  • North Carolinians unemployed at end of Obama Administration: 220,493
  • North Carolinians unemployed in August: 327,981

Job gains/loss per month (NC urban counties)

  • Obama 2nd term: 3,103/month
  • Trump 1st term pre-pandemic: 2,113/month
  • Trump 1st term including pandemic: -981/month
  • North Carolinians unemployed at end of Obama Administration: 47,771
  • North Carolinians unemployed in August: 79,703

Job gains/loss per month (suburban counties)

  • Obama 2nd term: 4,078/month
  • Trump 1st term pre-pandemic: 3,033/month
  • Trump 1st term including pandemic: -3,156/month
  • North Carolinians unemployed at end of Obama Administration: 103,895
  • North Carolinians unemployed in August: 160,064

Job gains/loss per month (rural counties)

  • Obama 2nd term: 1,104/month
  • Trump 1st term pre-pandemic: 757/month
  • Trump 1st term including pandemic -1,226/month
  • North Carolinians unemployed at end of Obama Administration: 68,827
  • North Carolinians unemployed in August: 88,214
Topics
  • 21st Century Jobs42