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North Central Region

North Central Region
North Central Region

Every year, the North Carolina Department 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 evolve given the current economic trends. The following projections for the North Central region have been developed using regional data on occupations. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 800 occupations.

Both in 2012 and 2022, the North Central region is the top employer in North Carolina and is projected to add more than 153,000 positions and average a little less than 41,000 job openings a year within the projections time period. At 1.4 percent annualized growth, North Central is tied with Western as the regions with the highest growth rate among Prosperity Zones. The top five occupation sectors are: Office and Administrative Support; Sales and Related; Food Preparation and Serving Related; Education, Training, and Library; and Management. Together, they had about 495,000 positions and accounted for about 45 percent of total employment in 2012. In 2022, Healthcare Practitioners Technical may pass Management to move into fifth place. Compared to the state’s Prosperity Zone regions, North Central has the highest median annual wage of $35,590. The Top 25 lists of growing and declining detailed occupations are available for viewing and download below.

North Central Region Data Files

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