LEAD's (Labor & Economic Analysis Division's) industry studies provide insight into a particular industry’s contribution to the state's economy. These studies gauge not only the direct benefits of certain industries, but also their impact on the overall economy. These multiplier effects include indirect effects on suppliers -- for instance, a company that builds aircraft purchases component parts such as seats, navigation equipment and engines. Additionally, the company and its suppliers provide wages to employees, which induces spending throughout the economy.
LEAD frequently conducts studies in conjunction with industry trade groups in order to create efficiencies, ensure usefulness, and verify that the most accurate information is used.
International Trade Export Reports
International trade continues to be a key driver in sustaining the state’s economy and job growth. The reports below provide an overview of North Carolina export activities and the economic contribution of exporting to the state.
North Carolina's Military Report
This report analyzes the economic growth potential for the military in North Carolina from 2007 to 2013.
Aerospace and Aviation Workforce Report
This study examines current and projected aerospace and aviation industry job development and workforce training programs in the Elizabeth City, NC region. The report focuses on aerospace manufacturing, maintenance and repair; general aviation; and defense-related activities.
This Resource Guide looks at the economic value of the textile, apparel, hosiery and related equipment manufacturers to North Carolina. The state's rich history in the industry -- and wealth of knowledge of expanding innovation and creativity -- give us an edge in the world market. This Guide includes references for mostly free or at-cost services available to the industry.
North Carolina's Leading Industry Sector Report
In 2010, the NC Department of Commerce's Economic Development Board identified Industry Sector Targeting as an important strategic pursuit. The board's Targeting Task Force produced this report, which analyzes 24 sectors with among the highest economic development potential in terms of job creation and concentration for the state.