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 74% of peak labor demand.

    State offered $7,485,549 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2023.

  • Career and Technical Education

    82% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges and careers.

    North Carolina does not recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • Job Growth Rate


Monthly Unemployment Rate in North Carolina

Please see ABC's state-by-state construction unemployment data here.

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)