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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.

2016 Population (estimates)
Cabarrus County
Total Population 201,590
Total Households 76,892
Average Age 37

Source: census.gov

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

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

 Year

Median
Household 
Income

 Per Capita
Income

 2000

$46,166

$21,121 

 2012

$52,775

$25,720

 2017

$58,946

$28,046

Source: ESRI 2013

 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+, 2011-2015

88.3%

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

27.2%

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.

2017 Employment

 Total Labor Force

103,928

 Unemployed

3,845

 Unemployment Rate

 3.7%

Source: NC Department of Commerce

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

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