North Carolina

  • Project Labor Agreements

    Adopted ABC model government-neutrality bill.

  • Prevailing Wage


  • Right to Work


  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute authorizes the use of P3s on horizontal and vertical construction projects but does not allow unsolicited bids.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Job Development Investment Grant – A performance-based program that provides cash grants directly to new and expanding companies to help offset the cost of locating or expanding a facility in the state. The amount of the grant is based on a percentage of the personal income tax withholdings associated with the new jobs. The amount of the grant is calculated by weighing various economic factors including the location of the project, level of investment and whether the industry is one of the state’s targeted industry sectors, and the number of new new jobs created. Grants are disbursed annually for up to 12 years.

    NCWorks Incumbent Worker Training Grants – Reimburses companies for the cost of training their workers, helping to improve the skills of employees and the company’s competitiveness. Employers can receive up $10,000 per grant and up to a total of $60,000 from this program over the course of the company’s lifetime. Grants can cover costs of the following training-related expenses: instructional costs for training courses, classes for certification exams, online training, skills assessments related to requested training, textbooks and manuals, computer software for training purposes, and instructor travel (if the training location is not within a reasonable distance of the company).


  • Career and Technical Education

    98% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges and careers.

    North Carolina does recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • Job Growth Rate


Monthly Unemployment Rate in North Carolina

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: No law in place.
Public: Owner must pay prime within 45 days of finished project.
– Private: Prime must pay subs and subs must pay lower tiers within 7 days of receipt.
– Public: Prime must pay sub and sub must pay lower tiers within 7 days of receiving payment from owner.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

Statute requires all state agencies, office, and universities, as well as state and local government contractors, to use E-Verify. Furthermore, all counties, cities, and private employers with more than 25 employees must use E-Verify. Seasonal workers are not required to be verified through E-Verify.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction


Incidence Rate


Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

State plan covers private workplaces and state and local government workplaces.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction


Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for medicinal use, decriminalized for personal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)


State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)