Sub-State Occupational Projections
2026 Projections will be upcoming on this website in early 2019 when 2026 Employment Projections for sub-state geographies will be completed. If you would like the 2026 Statewide Occupation Projections for North Carolina, please visit: https://www.nccommerce.com/lead/data-tools/occupations/projections/statewide
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 sub-state areas. Based on historical data, these projections provide a guide for how the state occupational landscape may evolve given the recent economic trends. The current projections cover the 2014-2024 period for approximately 800 occupations.
This year, the sub-state employment projections were created for all new 16 Prosperity Zone Sub-Regions using regional occupational data. A Prosperity Zone Sub-Region is a collection of counties that represent a more detailed geography than the Prosperity Zones. With the exception of the Southwest Prosperity Zone covering the entire Charlotte area, and the Southeast Prosperity Zone with three distinct sub-regions, each Prosperity Zone is divided into two sub-regions. The naming conventions for these new areas list a representative city or cities in the sub-region.