Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina gained 28,690 new jobs in 2022, according to a press release issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Monday.
CNBC and Business Facilities named North Carolina the State of the Year for Business in 2022 following an uptick in jobs and economic investment development.
Last year, 24,224 new jobs were announced and capital investment reached $10.1 billion. This year, capital investment is expected to reach $19.3 billion.
“It’s been a sort of record-breaking year for us on the amount of projects we have worked on that have announced these levels of jobs and investment,” David Rhoades, communications director of the NCDOC, said.
Rhoades said companies have committed to invest the $19.3 billion to bring revenue to the surrounding community and locate business projects in North Carolina.
“The real key almost all CEOs are going to be looking for is, 'This place I’m considering moving my company — do they have the ability or the current availability of the people I will need to hire in order to be successful?'" Rhoades said.
A main aspect of this “key” is the value of research universities and community colleges in North Carolina producing graduates ready to work, according to Rhoades.
Biotechnology and life sciences are two industries that Rhoades highlighted as key elements in economic development. He also said these elements have contributed to retaining workers and creating future jobs.
Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill director of economic development & parking services, said locally, some developments bringing in new companies include the innovation hub on 136 Rosemary St. and the Gwendolyn office spaces located in the Glen Lennox community.