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Workforce

The workforce of Cabarrus County is diverse, motivated and capable, giving employers a key competitive edge. North Carolina is a right to work state. State law permits individual workers to choose whether or not they wish to join a labor union. North Carolina, which has one of the nation's highest percentages of manufacturing employment, has one of the nation's lowest union memberships. The state's union membership rank of 1.9 percent is well below the national average of 11.1 percent.

Specialized training is available through Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and UNC Charlotte. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has instituted a special initiative in advanced manufacturing training including a computer-integrated machining program. This program is committed to using the latest in machining technology to assure that local workers possess the skills advanced manufacturers demand. Plus, there are multiple community colleges within an easy one hour drive eager to accommodate customized training needs.

The presence of the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), a public-private venture dedicated to fostering collaboration and understanding of key biotechnology fields, has demanded a higher level of commitment to world-class education and workforce development in Cabarrus County.

Knowing that economic indicators are an important part of the site selection process, we provide an analytical view of statistics vital to the area in order to better define your understanding of our workforce, population, education, and employment.

Population (estimates)
Cabarrus County
Total Population 201,590
Total Households 77,422
Average Age 37

Source: census.gov (May 2018)

The following table reflects the population of the five municipalities of Cabarrus County:

Population 
Cabarrus Municipalities 2016 (estimates)
Concord 89.891
Harrisburg 15,349
Kannapolis 47,839
Midland 3,501
Mount Pleasant 1,888

Source: census.org (May 2018)

The following table details the educational level attained by the current workforce of Cabarrus County, expressed in percentages.

Workforce Education

 Level

 % of Pop.

 High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2012-2016

88.9%

 Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2012-2016

28.6%

Source: US Census Bureau (May 2018)

The following table details key employment figures for Cabarrus County, including the total available labor force, the number employed and unemployed.

2018 Employment

 Total Labor Force

106,710

 Unemployed

4,171

 Unemployment Rate

 3.9%

Source: NC Department of Commerce (May 2018)

Get more demographic information for Cabarrus County from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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