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Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Department of Commerce

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Sandhills (South Central) Region

Sandhills (South Central) Region
Sandhills (South Central) Region

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 Sandhills (South Central) Region have been developed using regional industry trends. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 400 industries.

The Sandhills (South Central) Region is projected to add nearly 32,000 positions by 2022, with the majority of  growth potentially occurring in the Education and Health Services sector. This sector has a higher projected contribution to growth in the Sandhills Region than any other Prosperity Zone. The Education and Health Services sector may add more than 20,000 positions from 2012 to 2022, primarily in Health Care and Social Assistance. Professional and Business Services, along with Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, are adding to the region as well, potentially more than 9,000 jobs combined. The Construction industry is estimated to have the fastest growth, particularly in the Specialty Trade Contractors sector which is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 3.2 percent from 2012 to 2022 and add 2,300 positions. The Top 25 lists of growing and declining detailed industries are available for viewing and download below.

Sandhills (South Central) Region Data Files

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