Medicaid treats low-income people and children. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

North Carolina's Medicaid agency has chosen 5 companies to administer its Medicaid program: AmeriHealth; a joint venture between Anthem and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; a joint venture between Centene and local doctors; UnitedHealthcare; and WellCare Health Plans.

Why it matters: North Carolina now joins the ranks of other large states in embracing Medicaid managed care. The switch will mean billions of dollars in new business for the companies involved, but some states, like Iowa, have reported higher costs and unhappy patients tied to their recent privatization efforts.

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CO2 emissions may have peaked, but that's not enough

Reproduced from DNV GL; Chart: Axios Visuals

More analysts are making the case that COVID-19 could be an inflection point for oil use and carbon emissions, but it's hardly one that puts the world on a sustainable ecological path.

Driving the news: The risk advisory firm DNV GL, citing the pandemic's long-term effects on energy consumption, projects in a new analysis that global CO2 emissions "most likely" peaked in 2019.

U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs last month, while the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1% from 13.3% in May, according to government data released Thursday.

The state of play: While the labor market showed more signs of recovery when the government’s survey period ended in early June, the lag means that more recent developments, like the surge in coronavirus cases and resultant closures in some states, aren't captured in this data.

1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week

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Another 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, the Department of Labor announced Thursday.

Why it matters: New applications for unemployment remain historically high, suggesting layoffs are still widely prevalent. However, they remain well below the all-time record seen when the coronavirus pandemic first hit.