According to the AGC, “the Charlotte metropolitan area gained roughly 2,200 construction jobs last year, while North Carolina lost nearly 4,000 during 2012, according to non-seasonally adjusted figures”. This was due to private sector demand for energy, health care, higher education and residential construction. While the overall construction employment in many metro areas is suffering from declining demand in the public sector and a lagging private sector market, the Charlotte area’s jobs grew by 6 percent, “ranking the city 43rd out 337 in terms of growth”.
In South Carolina, however, the outlook for new construction jobs is dim, with 100 percent of companies saying they plan to add 5 or few employees in 2013. The majority also has low expectations of construction market growth in 2013, with 91 percent believing it will not grow until 2014 or later.
So, it appears that Charlotte’s construction industry is the strongest in the Carolinas right now, and with North Carolina’s expectations higher for 2013, it is probable that the construction industry in Charlotte will only continue to grow.