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Research Analyst

Description of Work
This position is Permanent, Full-Time
Salary Grade NC15 Recruitment Range: $50,357.00 - $61,779.00

**As of June 1, 2023, the new salary range will be $51,616 - $90,328**  

Better your state. Rare opportunity to put your creative, problem-finding, analytical skills to use to improve North Carolina. This junior-level position analyzes data, develops insights, and conducts research to inform decision-makers about the economic and labor market opportunities, challenges, and solutions facing North Carolina.

The Research Analyst mines a combination of public (BLS, Census, etc.), private, and confidential data sources to answer questions, solve problems, and formulate insights that can benefit our diversity of customers. Using their knowledge of economics and social science research practices, the Analyst helps compile data, conduct research, apply results, and communicate implications and solutions through reports, blog articles, visualizations, and presentations.

This position provides data and insights to support workforce and economic development partners, educators, jobseekers, students, and policy makers. Potential projects include: assessing conditions within the state’s regional labor markets; conducting research to support NC’s economic development strategic plan; communicating relevant insights and trends to grow LEAD’s social media presence; and helping develop, update, enhance, and promote LEAD’s career information products and tools, such as
This position resides in the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD), North Carolina’s premiere resource for economic data and labor market information. LEAD is responsible for collecting, processing, analyzing and disseminating key economic indicators and employment statistics, conducting policy and impact analyses, performing program evaluation, and providing research to support economic and workforce development efforts as well as educational planning.

This position works closely with internal partners such as LEAD economists and analysts as well as Commerce's workforce, economic development, technology, and rural development colleagues. The Research Analyst also serves customers in other state agencies, the Governor's Office, the NC General Assembly, academic institutions, and key economic and workforce development organizations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Qualified applicants must submit an application that clearly reflects work experience that demonstrates the following:
  • Strong knowledge and experience using Excel
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of methods and techniques used in gathering, editing, analyzing, interpreting and reporting social, educational, or economic information. 
  • Working knowledge of statistical principles and techniques used in collecting, interpreting, and reporting numerical data.
  • Demonstrated experience initiating work outside of what is specifically assigned.
  • Demonstrated initiative to add or improve their skills to grow professionally.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.” If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See OSHR.NC.GOV for details.

Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the field assigned to the position from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.