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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 UNCC. 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.


2015 Population (estimates)

Cabarrus County

 Total Population 


 Total Households


 Average Age




The following table reflects the population by the five municipalities of Cabarrus County.


Cabarrus Municipalities

2013 (estimates)









 Mount Pleasant




The following table depicts household income statistics for Cabarrus County as seen in three comparisons between the years of 2000-2012 and a projected 2017 statistic.

Household Income


Median Household 

 Per Capita










Source: ESRI 2013


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

Workforce Education


 % of Pop.

 High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2010-2014


 Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2010-2014


Source: US Census Bureau

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

2016 Employment

 Total Labor Force




 Unemployment Rate


Source: NC Department of Commerce

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

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