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 Northeast region have been developed using regional data on occupations. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 800 occupations.
With an overall annualized growth rate of 1.3 percent, the Northeast region is projected to add nearly 40,000 positions from 2012 to 2022, and have an annual average of a little more than 8,000 job openings. Both in 2012 and 2022, the region is the smallest (in terms of employment) in North Carolina and accounts for about 5 percent of the state’s total employment. In 2012, the top five occupation sectors account for about 48 percent of total job increases in the region. In 2022, Production occupations will be likely to fall out of the top five and be replaced by Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations. Construction and Extraction, with a 3.1 percent annualized growth rate, will be the second-fastest growing occupation sector behind Healthcare Support. Even though Farming, Fishing, and Forestry is a declining occupation sector, it makes up a larger percent of employment in the Northeast than for any other area. The sector comprises 0.9 percent of employment in the Northeast, but no more than 0.6 percent in any other region. The median annual wage for Northeast is $28,567 — less than the state median of $31,850. The Top 25 lists of growing and declining detailed occupations are available for viewing and download below.
Northeast Region Data Files