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National Unemployment
The national unemployment rate in July rose slightly to 6.2 percent. This marks the eighth consecutive month unemployment has been below 7 percent.
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Summit: Policy Directives and Resolutions
Policy directives and resolutions that will be discussed by standing committees and at the business meeting at NCSL's Legislative Summit are now available for review.
This month's LegisBriefs look at private solutions for senior transportation, electronic cigarettes, IT procurement challenges and district offices in state legislatures.
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Oil on the Tracks
This NCSL report looks at federal and state actions related to concern over the safety of transporting oil by rail.
imgPartisan Composition
Partisan Composition
The NCSL report offers a series of maps showing the change in legislative partisan control from 2009 to 2014.
imgWorkforce Development
Workforce Development
NCSL's new report, "Workforce Development Initiatives: Collaborating to Prepare for the Jobs of the Future," looks at state and industry efforts to prepare workers.

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We fight to ensure the states are free of unfunded mandates and pre-emption of state laws and that they maintain their authority and independence. Find out the issues NCSL is engaging in now and the role you play.




  • N.C. Takes Closer Look at Child Support Incentive Payments

    Little data exist across the country on how states are using federal incentive payments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of child support programs. That information can be even harder to gather in the eight states with county-operated programs, as found by a recent legislative evaluation in North Carolina.

  • NCSL Leaders Meet with White House Officials

    State legislative leaders from across the country were treated to a half-day discussion with cabinet secretaries at the White House last week, as part of NCSL’s three-day meeting that brought the leaders to D.C. for informative sessions and to meet with members of Congress

  • Webinar Thursday on Energy Development and the Department of Defense

    While the Department of Defense is a strong proponent of renewable energy, the department is also responsible for ensuring that wind turbines, solar panels and other infrastructure located on or near military installations do not conflict with test and training activities.

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