Tuesday numbers

Tuesday numbers

sownc3(All the items in this edition of Tuesday numbers comes from the “State of Working North Carolina” report by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center released this week)

63—percentage of North Carolinians who were working before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007

58.5—percentage of North Carolinians working at the end of June 2016

33—estimated percentage of North Carolina workers who earned wages in 2014 at or below the poverty line for a family of four

2—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states with the highest percentage of workers earning wages at or below the poverty line

5.5—overall unemployment rate in North Carolina at the start of 2016

4.4—unemployment rate for white workers in North Carolina at the start of 2016

9.4—unemployment rate for African-American workers in North Carolina at the start of 2016

109,000—number of involuntary part-time workers in North Carolina in 2009

150,000—number of workers in North Carolina currently trapped in part-time jobs

20—percentage increase in employment over pre-recession levels 100 months from the start of the recession in 1990s

3.4— percentage increase in employment over pre-recession levels 100 months from the start of the recession in 2007

400,000—number of additional people who would be working in North Carolina today if employment had kept pace with population growth

81,000—number of fewer jobs in North Carolina in 2016 compared to 2009 that pay a median wage of between $25,000 and $54,999 a year

1—rank of food preparation jobs as fastest growing occupations in North Carolina over the last seven years

48,000—number of food preparation jobs created in North Carolina in the last seven years

18,658—amount in dollars of the average annual pay for food preparation jobs

78—amount in cents that Asian women in North Carolina are paid for every one dollar paid to white non-Latino men

64—amount in cents that African-American women in North Carolina are paid for every one dollar paid to white non-Latino men

48—amount in cents that Latina women in North Carolina are paid for every one dollar paid to white non-Latino men

61—percentage of private sector workforce in North Carolina that don’t have access to paid sick days

1.3 million—number of workers in North Carolina who do not have access to paid sick days

17.7—number of times the average income of the top 1 percent in North Carolina was greater than the incomes of the bottom 99 percent in 2013

9.87— number of times the average income of the top 1 percent in North Carolina was greater than the incomes of the bottom 99 percent in 1979

19.9— number of times the average income of the top 1 percent in North Carolina was greater than the incomes of the bottom 99 percent in 1928