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 Southeast region have been developed using regional data on occupations. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 800 occupations.
The Southeast region accounts for about 8.7 percent of total state employment and is the fourth-largest employer in the state both in 2012 and 2022. From 2012 to 2022, the region is estimated to gain more than 51,000 positions and have 15,000 average annual job openings with an annualized growth rate of 1.3 percent. In 2012, the top five occupation sectors accounted for about 49 percent of the region’s total employment and will comprise approximately 53 percent of new jobs in the 10-year period. The four fastest-growing occupation sectors are: Healthcare Support, Computer and Mathematical, Healthcare Practitioners and Technical, and Construction and Extraction. Each sector will likely experience more than 2 percent annualized growth. The median annual wage, $28,773, of the Southeast region is below the state median. The Top 25 lists of growing and declining detailed occupations are available for viewing and download below.
Southeast Region Data Files