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

    Current labor supply satisfies 54% of peak labor demand.

    State offered $0 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2020.

  • Career and Technical Education

    99% 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

Low THC/CBD has been 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)