South Atlantic Regional Forecast

Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Maryland
North Carolina • South Carolina • West Virginia • Virginia

While the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore, Md.-Northern Virginia metroplex is having a recession like everyone else, you wouldn't know it from some of the massive construction projects underway. Being partially funded by your tax dollars through the stimulus package are the renovation of the U.S. Commerce Department in downtown D.C.; a $435 million new home for the U.S. Coast Guard (the biggest stimulus-funded project to date); and several other massive military facilities and offices. Large projects outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area include a 500,000-square-foot data center being built by Apple in Maiden, N.C., and a $159.6 million hospital job in Orlando. One word sums up the Florida housing market: ugly.

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
Actual Electricians in thousands
M G C
South Atlantic 129,000 1,778.8 4,237.3 15,656.9
Delaware 2,130 27.0 57.4 282.7
Dover, DE 350 3.3 18.2 34.8
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,680 19.4 45.4 225.0
District of Columbia 1,220 1.3 260.2 442.1
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 11,580 38.3 579.1 1,573.7
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Div. 13,630 58.0 676.6 1,971.9
Florida 39,080 328.2 1,036.6 4,893.0
Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, FL 1,130 15.5 25.4 175.9
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,160 4.6 33.3 126.1
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 870 8.4 22.0 110.9
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL 4,050 27.3 99.4 487.7
Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL 460 4.2 14.2 54.6
Gainesville, FL 480 4.6 38.4 73.1
Jacksonville, FL 3,490 29.8 71.2 394.5
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 1,150 15.1 26.8 120.9
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 10,920 85.1 297.4 1,500.0
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,540 41.5 136.6 641.8
Naples-Marco Island, FL 1,020 2.6 12.5 80.7
Ocala, FL 450 6.8 16.0 57.8
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 5,900 39.9 106.4 726.7
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,100 22.1 27.1 126.7
Palm Coast, FL 100 0.6 3.3 11.1
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 420 3.0 13.0 48.8
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 840 5.8 26.4 104.6
Port St. Lucie, FL 1,210 5.3 17.6 75.8
Punta Gorda, FL NA 0.7 5.5 29.3
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 270 1.7 30.1
Tallahassee, FL 690 3.9 59.9 91.0
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 4,760 64.7 139.9 811.0
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL 3,340 16.3 61.4 370.5
Georgia 17,360 355.2 658.4 2,285.0
Albany, GA 210 5.9 12.8 7.3
Athens-Clarke County, GA 220 24.2 24.0
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 9,990 147.5 322.4 1,438.2
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 740 20.6 42.3 123.9
Columbus, GA-AL 410 22.6 53.9
Dalton, GA 140 24.1 6.8 15.3
Macon, GA 510 NA 14.4 59.2
Rome, GA 180 6.0 6.9 13.5
Savannah, GA 1,110 14.0 22.0 91.9
Maryland 16,170 123.1 475.7 1,639.6
Baltimore-Towson, MD 7,880 67.1 220.2 827.3
Bethesda-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metro. Division 2,050 19.7 97.5 398.2
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 680 9.1 17.7 59.8
Baltimore City, MD NA 15.0 82.6 229.7
Calvert-Charles-Prince George's, MD NA 11.0 103.6 202.7
North Carolina 19,230 443.7 619.7 2,310.8
Asheville, NC 710 18.1 22.8 106.7
Burlington, NC 230 9.4 6.3 34.8
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 4,500 71.3 93.0 503.9
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,080 36.3 53.7 168.9
Fayetteville, NC 770 9.2 34.9 67.7
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,630 53.6 37.8 200.4
Greenville, NC 350 6.1 22.0 39.9
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 440 39.2 22.0 66.9
Raleigh-Cary, NC NA 29.2 87.5 322.3
Rocky Mount, NC 380 9.1 10.0 25.6
Wilmington, NC 570 8.8 20.9 90.6
Winston-Salem, NC 860 24.8 21.2 138.3
South Carolina 9,240 213.4 311.4 1,076.3
Anderson, SC 410 11.9 11.1 8.2
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 1,810 20.9 56.4 176.9
Columbia, SC 1,670 29.4 75.9 207.4
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 1,550 40.4 41.3 183.9
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 540 NA 12.0 60.7
Spartanburg, SC 530 25.5 15.6 13.4
Virginia 19,500 237.1 676.3 2,297.6
Charlottesville, VA 500 NA 29.7 23.3
Danville, VA 220 6.3 5.2 5.8
Harrisonburg, VA 240 10.1 9.7 7.8
Lynchburg, VA 510 15.8 14.6 12.7
Richmond, VA 3,880 36.5 106.8 380.3
Roanoke, VA 950 15.8 20.2 97.1
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 5,150 53.7 154.5 469.6
Northern Virginia, VA 25.0 219.4 919.5
West Virginia 5,070 49.8 141.6 429.8
Charleston, WV 790 5.7 26.7 88.0
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 890 8.5 17.4 60.8
Morgantown, WV 290 3.8 16.1 30.8
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 550 7.7 10.4 12.6
Wheeling, WV-OH 470 3.8 10.5 13.1

Metro areas are metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) unless otherwise noted.

Metro Div. — Metropolitan Division NECTA — New England city and town area NA — Not available

Electrician employment for May 2008 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

M — Manufacturing employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

C — Commercial account employees (professional and business services, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, and other services) for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

G — Government employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics