DURHAM — N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz recently released findings from the annual Creative Vitality Index (CVI) update showing an increase of more than 8 percent in creative occupations jobs held by nearly 3 percent of North Carolina's workforce.
The Creative Vitality Index (CVI) is a national report that provides an annual measure of the health of the creative economy. The CVI measures concentrations of arts-related employment in both the private/business and nonprofit sectors as well as indicators of consumer activity in the arts.
The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the Department of Cultural Resources, has data on creative industry spending and creative occupation employment since 2006.
The 8-percent increase in creative occupation jobs over the last five years includes positions such as architects, librarians, fine artists, designers, performers, photographers and public relations specialists in the more than 50 categories tracked.
The creative industry jobs measure all workers in business sectors within the categories Entertainment and Information; Publishing and Printing; Artists; Design Services; Retail; Community Services and Design Manufacturing. All these categories, except for Community Services, saw steady growth.
The art gallery and individual artist industry cluster generated the most industry sales within the CVI report.
To view the 2013 Creative North Carolina Fact Sheet see ncarts.org/creative_economy.