NC Commerce

Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Department of Commerce

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Industry Reports

Industry reports provide insight into the contribution of particular industries 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.

Employer Needs Survey

The Employer Needs Survey, carried out by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the NCWorks Commission, is a survey of over 1,900 establishments of all sizes from across the state. The goal of the survey was to identify the needs of employers across the state, with a particular emphasis on hiring difficulties and recruitment and retention practices. In addition to an Overall sampleof all industries, we surveyed four industry-specific samples: Manufacturing,Construction, Health Care & Social Assistance (Health Care), and a set of Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-related industries (STEM).

Food Manufacturing

In April 2015, Governor Pat McCrory established the North Carolina Food Manufacturing Task Force, thirty five thought leaders representing various aspects of North Carolina’s food system. The Governor charged the Task Force to focus on four elements:

  1. Develop a strategic business plan to leverage existing activities in food processing and manufacturing;
  2. Establish a statewide food processing and manufacturing organization, directory and database;
  3. Create a plan to develop a proactive industrial recruitment campaign for new business development;
  4. Plan to foster the growth of food manufacturing entrepreneurial endeavors, enhance development of innovative food products and processes, and provide sector-specific regulatory training and outreach.


This report estimates the economic impact of Military presence in North Carolina in 2015.
This report estimates the economic impact of Military presence in North Carolina in 2013.
This report analyzes the economic growth potential for the military in the state from 2007 to 2013.

Aerospace & Aviation

This study examines current and projected aerospace and aviation industry job development and workforce training programs in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina region. The report focuses on aerospace manufacturing, maintenance and repair; general aviation; and defense-related activities.

Textile & Apparel

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.

Leading Industry Sectors

In 2010, the North Carolina 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.

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