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Positive Outlook for Cabarrus County Job Seekers, Employers

Posted by: Cabarrus Economic Development on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

There’s good news on the Cabarrus County workforce front for both job seekers and employers.

“The unemployment rate in Cabarrus County is 4 percent, which is lower compared to 4.5 percent last year and 5.1 percent in 2015,” said Denisha Torrence-Nesbit, center leader for NCWorks Career Center – Cabarrus County. “With all of the new businesses coming to the county, we have a sufficient amount of available jobs.”

In March, NCWorks co-presented a community job fair with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Centralina Workforce Development Board. The event drew more than 150 attendees and featured representatives from more than 80 companies in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties. Torrence-Nesbit noted the industries with the most demand for employees are manufacturing, maintenance, nursing and warehousing.

During a panel discussion, employers offered job outlooks in their fields and shared what skills and personal attributes they are looking for in a potential employee. A mobile veterans center and workforce center were also featured at the fair, which is held annually in March and September.

“This is the 5th year the Cabarrus NC Works Career Center has put on this job fair in Cabarrus County and the 3rd year partnering with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” Torrence-Nesbit said. “Each year, this event has grown as we add new, creative ideas to assist job seekers.” 

Those who missed the community job fair can register for free at www.ncworks.gov to access job postings.

Snapshot of Job Fairs, Postings

In February, the City of Kannapolis hosted a job fair to highlight parks and recreation summer jobs, careers in law enforcement, and openings in the public works and planning departments. Current job vacancies are posted on the city’s Open Positions webpage.

S&D Coffee & Tea is looking to fill various positions in manufacturing operations, including bean dumpers, bean unloaders, liquid dumpers and stackers.

On April 27, Cabarrus County Schools will host a Teacher Fair at The Speedway Club with representatives from 40 schools.

Employer and Labor Market Resources

The North Carolina Chamber will host a Manufacturing Summit in Charlotte, where high-level industry experts will discuss current trends, forecasts and challenges faced by the manufacturing community. The May 15 summit will also address regulatory issues and how employers can assist in creating a job-ready workforce that will provide manufacturers with the talent necessary to compete on the global stage.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers Career Services to help connect employers with students and alumni who are transitioning from the classroom to the workplace or who have recently graduated.Academic and career advising resources include:

  • Job postings for students and alumni
  • Reviewing student and alumni résumés
  • On-campus employment recruiting
  • Hosting work-based learning students
  • Participation at a job fair

The NCWorks online dashboard offers a variety of labor market resources and features for employers, including:

  • Commonly asked questions about the local labor market
  • Summary of the labor market in a selected area
  • Access to labor market information on industries
  • Access to labor market information on education programs
  • Access to labor market information on occupations and wages

North Carolina Economic Outlook

This year, North Carolina will experience another year of economic growth, a falling jobless rate and 70,000 new jobs, according to Michael Walden, an economist with North Carolina State University. In his North Carolina Economic Outlook, 1st Quarter 2018, Walden also notes:

North Carolina’s economic growth rate has accelerated since 2013 and has beaten the broadest national growth rate for three straight years, although falling short of the Southeast region growth rate in 2017.

  1. Information, professional and business services, and leisure and food services sectors have been the fastest growing since 2010.
  2. Non-durable manufacturing – including tobacco products, textiles and apparel – continues to contract and is a major factor in the ongoing urban/rural divide in the state.
  3. Residential construction expanded in 2017 and has grown on trend since 2011; however, economic activity levels in the sector are well below pre-recessionary levels.
  4. North Carolina’s payroll job growth rates have exceeded national payroll job growth rates in seven of the past eight years; however, job growth decelerated in 2017.

For more information about the area’s diverse, capable and motivated workforce, visit Cabarrus Economic Development.

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