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 Northwest region have been developed using regional data on occupations. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 800 occupations.
The Northwest region is projected to add more than 15,000 positions by 2022. The region is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent, lowest among the Prosperity Zones. Healthcare Support occupations are estimated to have the largest growth, adding nearly 2,700 positions. Construction and Extraction, along with Office and Administrative Support, are contributing to growth by potentially adding 4,100 positions combined by 2022. Office and Administrative Support are typically the largest group of occupations for a Prosperity Zone, but the Northwest region is more concentrated in Production occupations than any other group. The difference is largely attributable to the increased percentage of manufacturers in the area. The Construction industry is estimated to have the fastest rate of growth, particularly in the Construction of Buildings sector. Construction of Buildings employment 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