Every year, the NC Dept. of Commerce studies national, statewide, and local economic trends to produce long-term and short-term occupational projections for state and substate areas. Based on historical data, these projections provide a guide for how the state occupational landscape may develop given the current economic trends. The current projections cover the years 2010 to 2020 for approximately 900 occupations. Note: The occupational projections are only estimates based on previous occupational and industry trends, not predictions or forecasts of future employment. More information on the projections and how they are produced can be found here. For other questions, send us an email.