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 Western region have been developed using regional data on occupations. The current projections cover the years 2012 to 2022 for approximately 800 occupations.
The Western region is estimated to gain nearly 40,000 positions by 2022. The region is also projected to have the fastest annualized growth rate, 1.4 percent, of any region from 2012 to 2022. Food Preparation and Serving Related occupations are estimated to experience the largest growth, adding slightly less than 5,500 positions. Office and Administrative Support, along with Healthcare Practitioners and Technical, are contributing to growth by potentially adding more than 4,000 positions each. Construction and Extraction, and Healthcare Support both have an estimated annualized growth rate of more than 2.5 percent, potentially adding nearly 7,400 jobs by 2022. The median annual wage for Western is $29,000, 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.
Western Region Data Files