Wake County gained 771 creative jobs in one year, from 2013 to 2014. Statewide, North Carolina gained more than 3,000 creative jobs from 2013 to 2014. Wake County sustains its highest number of creative jobs for photographers, graphic designers, musicians/singers and public relations specialists. Similarly, the occupations in the state with the highest number of jobs are photographers, musicians/singers, graphic designers, writers/authors and public relations specialists.
The source of these annual updates is the Creative Vitality Suite. The CVSuite, a service of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), provides an annual measure of the health of the creative economy in a specific area — it includes for-profit and not-for-profit arts-related enterprises. Using readily available, federal data on employment and other indicators, measures of creative vitality reflect the vigor of the creative sector. The data is compiled by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), a data provider used by economic development professionals.
Interested in creative sector data for your community or region? Contact N.C. Arts Council research director Ardath Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about CVSuite products that can help you set benchmarks for building the creative sector of your local economy. Says Eleanor Oakley, President and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, ““The CVSuite is an excellent tool for local arts and community leaders. It allows us to place Wake County in a national context and to consider ways to move policy and funding to address this area of the economy.”