WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – An examination of the changing job market in our region shows that although the economy is improving, growth is very slow.
One of the fields that has experienced the most growth over the past decade is accommodations and food service.
More than 18,000 people in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties work in the industry, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Although the number of workers in fields like hospitality has increased, their paychecks remain slim, according to Dr. Woody Hall, economist at UNCW.
"Even though we've had some growth in employment, to some extent it had been concentrated in some relatively low-paying sectors," said Hall.
A growing field with relatively high wages is healthcare, but it's also an industry that requires skilled workers.