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Sandhills (South Central) Region

Sandhills (South Central) Region
Sandhills (South 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 Sandhills (South Central) region have been developed using regional data on occupations. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 800 occupations.

The Sandhills is the fifth largest employer in North Carolina in 2012 and 2022. The region may add nearly 32,000 positions over the next 10 years, with about 11,000 annual average job openings. The annual average growth rate for this region is 1 percent. The top five occupation sectors have about 151,000 jobs and account for nearly half of the total regional employment in 2012. In 2022, the same occupation sectors will comprise about 48 percent of total employment in the region. The decline in share for the top five occupations is primarily due to position losses in the Production occupations sector between 2012 and 2022. In rankings, Production will move down two positions and end up at fifth, potentially being replaced by Food Preparation and Serving Related. Sandhills has the lowest median annual wage of $27,832, compared to the state’s median annual wage of $31,850. The Top 25 lists of growing and declining detailed occupations are available for viewing and download below.

Sandhills (South Central) Region Data Files

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