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Piedmont-Triad (Central) Region

Piedmont-Triad (Central) Region
Piedmont-Triad (Central) Region

Every year Commerce studies national, statewide, and local economic trends 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 Piedmont-Triad region have been developed using regional data on occupations. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 800 occupations.

The Piedmont Triad region is estimated to grow by nearly 65,000 positions from 2012 to 2022, and have about 25,000 annual job openings. The region is projected to have an annualized growth rate of 0.8 percent, which is the second-lowest projected growth rate in the state. In 2012, the top five occupation sectors, according to their size of employment, are Office and Administrative Support, Sales and Related, Production, Transportation and Material Moving, and Food Preparation and Serving Related. In 2022, the top five employers remain relatively unchanged; the only difference being the last two occupations may switch positions. Excluding Production occupations, four of the top five employers will be expected to have an average of about 11,000 job openings every year until 2022. The three fastest-growing occupation sectors are: Healthcare Support (3 %), Healthcare Practitioners and Technical (2.2 %), and Construction and Extraction (2.1 %). The median annual wage for Piedmont Triad is $30,887, slightly below the state median of $31,850. The Top 25 lists of growing and declining detailed occupations are available for viewing and download below.

Piedmont-Triad (Central) Region Data Files

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