North Carolina Announces Record Number of New Jobs and Historic Investments in 2022


As we look back on the year 2022, North Carolinians can take pride in knowing we broke several records in terms of job growth, economic development, and clean energy expansion.

“Our progress has made sure our state continues to be the best place for people to live, learn, work and raise a family. I’ve never been more excited about North Carolina’s future,” said Governor Cooper in a press release.

So far this year, our state announced a total of 28,300 new jobs across over a dozen headquarter moves and major expansions. CNBC even ranked the Tar Heel state as the #1 state in America to do business in 2022.

According to CNBC’s report, we just edged out the #2 state of Washington with superior Infrastructure, Cost of Doing Business, Economy, and Business Friendliness scores.

North Carolina’s 2022 major economic development announcements included:

  • VinFast, a Vietnamese auto manufacturer building a new line of electric vehicles, is creating 7,500 jobs in Chatham County
  • Columbus McKinnon moving their headquarters from Upstate NY to Charlotte
  • Macy’s is creating 2,800 jobs in Rowan County
  • Wolfspeed, a leading manufacturer of Silicon Carbide semiconductors, is creating over 1,800 jobs in Chatham County
  • Bank of London building their first US headquarters in Charlotte
  • Boom Supersonic, the high-profile aviation company building modern supersonic airliners for commercial service, is creating over 1,750 jobs in Guilford County

In partnership with North Carolina’s community colleges, our state also launched the Longleaf Commitment community college grant program to help strengthen our talented workforce. So far this year, over $15.9 million in Longleaf Commitment grants have been distributed to over 25,700 students across the state

Learn more about Governor Cooper’s visits to community colleges across the state to spotlight the program and encourage graduating high school seniors to apply.

What do you think about North Carolina’s growth this year?