Employment Projections

Every year, the North Carolina Department of Commerce studies national, statewide, and local economic trends to produce long-term and short-term employment projections for state and sub-state areas. Based on historical data, these projections provide a guide for how the state's economic landscape may evolve given the recent economic trends. The current projections cover the year 2017 to 2026 for approximately 130 industries and 800 occupations.

The current projections for Prosperity Zone Sub-Region cover the years 2014-2024, and these, as well as our searchable table and staffing patterns will be updated in early 2019.

2026 North Carolina Employment Projections Summary (PDF)

    Projections Data

    Industry Projections Occupational Projections Star Jobs

    Star Jobs

    North Carolina Star Jobs is a new and simplified way to help you identify promising occupations. Star ratings are assigned based on wages, projected growth rate, and projected job openings, and each occupation has a rating of between one and five stars. Occupations with five stars are considered to have much better career prospects than occupations with fewer stars.

    2019 Star Jobs

    We have developed the 2019 STATEWIDE Star Jobs based on the 2026 North Carolina Statewide Occupational Projections.  The 526 occupations were rated based on a slightly updated methodology.  We plan to publish our regional Star Jobs for the 16 Prosperity Zone Sub-Regions using data from the 2026 Sub-State Occupational Projections upon completion of these projections in early 2019. 

    Statewide Information

    Search Star Jobs

    The Star Jobs page allows you to search more than 700 occupations in North Carolina by geography, wage, education, and career cluster. You can also sort data by clicking on the triangle icon on the column header (such as Stars or Title header). Detailed occupational information are available by clicking the green plus sign (“+”) next to the occupational title.

    Star Jobs Brochures

    Staffing Patterns

    Staffing Patterns

    Staffing Patterns identify which North Carolina industries employ the most people in a specific occupation, and locate occupations most likely to be needed in a particular industry.