North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2015

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58 N O RT H C A R O L I N A E CO N O M I C D E V E LO P M E N T G U I D E AROUND THE STATE 2003 2013* Population (000s) 25.1 27.4 Employment (000s) 11.1 10.6 Unemployment rate 7.1% 10.5% Per capita income (000s) $23.5 $30.3 EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY Health care: 15.7% Retail: 14.9% LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER American Emergency Vehicles LARGEST CITY/TOWN Jefferson: population 1,557 COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 40.0 cents per $100 value HIGHER EDUCATION Wilkes Community College FOR MORE INFORMATION Ashe County Economic Development 336-846-5501 www.ashencedc.com 2003 2013* Population (000s) 136.2 153.6 Employment (000s) 67.9 66.9 Unemployment rate 7.2% 8.4% Per capita income (000s) $27.3 $32.9 EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY Health care: 18.2% Manufacturing: 14.6% LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER Laboratory Corporation of America LARGEST CITY/TOWN Burlington (part): population 50,703 COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 53.0 cents per $100 value HIGHER EDUCATION Elon University Alamance Community College FOR MORE INFORMATION Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce 336-228-1338 www.choosealamancenc.com Alamance 2003 2013* Population (000s) 34.3 37.4 Employment (000s) 16.0 16.1 Unemployment rate 8.0% 8.3% Per capita income (000s) $25.4 $32.4 EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY Manufacturing: 37.6% Government: 11.9% LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER Craftmaster Furniture LARGEST CITY/TOWN Taylorsville: population 2,109 COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 66.5 cents per $100 value HIGHER EDUCATION Catawba Valley Community College FOR MORE INFORMATION Alexander County Economic Development Corp. 828-632-1161 www.alexanderedc.org Alexander 2003 2013* Population (000s) 10.7 11.0 Employment (000s) 4.4 4.0 Unemployment rate 9.9% 9.2% Per capita income (000s) $25.9 $33.0 EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY Health care: 18.0% Manufacturing: 15.2% LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER Bottomley Evergreens LARGEST CITY/TOWN Sparta: population 1,756 COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 47.0 cents per $100 value HIGHER EDUCATION Wilkes Community College FOR MORE INFORMATION Alleghany Chamber of Commerce 336-372-5473 www.sparta-nc.com Alleghany 2003 2013* Population (000s) 25.7 26.3 Employment (000s) 9.7 9.8 Unemployment rate 11.0% 10.2% Per capita income (000s) $22.0 $26.4 EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY Manufacturing: 19.6% Government: 18.5% LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER Hornwood LARGEST CITY/TOWN Wadesboro: population 5,692 COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 76.7 cents per $100 value HIGHER EDUCATION South Piedmont Community College FOR MORE INFORMATION Anson County Offi ce of Economic Development 704-694-9513 www.ansoncounty.org/econdevelopment Anson Ashe 2003 2013* Population (000s) 17.9 17.9 Employment (000s) 8.3 6.9 Unemployment rate 4.3% 9.9% Per capita income (000s) $23.3 $29.6 EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY Government: 15.8% Retail: 13.0% LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER Sugar Mountain Resort LARGEST CITY/TOWN Banner Elk: population 1,121 COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 52.1 cents per $100 value HIGHER EDUCATION Lees-McRae College Mayland Community College FOR MORE INFORMATION Avery County Economic Development 828-737-5150 www.averycountync.gov Avery COUNTY BY COUNTY FOR SOURCES AND NOTES, SEE PAGE 74

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