Every year, the N.C. Department of Commerce studies national, statewide, and local economic trends to produce long-term and short-term industry projections for state and substate areas. Based on historical data, these projections provide a guide for how the state industry landscape may develop given the current economic trends. The following projections for the Northwest Region have been developed using regional industry trends. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 400 industries.
The Northwest Region is projected to add more than 15,000 positions by 2022, with the majority of growth coming from the Education and Health Services sector. This sector may add more than 7,000 positions from 2012 to 2022, primarily in Health Care and Social Assistance. Construction, along with Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, are adding to the region as well, potentially 5,200 jobs combined. The Construction industry is estimated to have the fastest rate of growth, particularly in the Construction of Buildings sector, which is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 3.9 percent from 2012 to 2022. The Top 25 lists of growing and declining detailed industries are available for viewing and download below.
Northwest Region Data Files