HALIFAX COUNTY AREA LABOR FORCE

One of the greatest challenges for any new or expanding business is attracting and training a qualified and productive labor force. Halifax County's local and regional labor pool is diverse and can supply employees for virtually every business need. From construction, manufacturing and warehousing, to hospitality, education, and government, our economy reflects a diverse range of industries. In the manufacturing sector, Halifax County has a strong presence of firms in lumber and forest products processing, food manufacturing, auto glass production, and allied industries.

 

The labor force within a 30 mile "labor recruiting area" represents 56,179 workers and 462,949 within 60 miles. Our superior quality of life makes it easy to recruit key executives and managers from outside the area. Halifax County’s average weekly wage for all occupations is $661.

Halifax County workers are hardworking and dependable. Our employers often tell us how pleased they are with our labor force. As a result of the customized training provided through Halifax Community College, our workforce is one of our greatest assets and one of businesses' greatest advantages. North Carolina’s right-to-work laws (G.S. 95, Article 10) result in low unionization rates for the area and North Carolina overall.

There are a number of local resources to support initial and on-going employee recruitment. National employment agencies, temporary help firms, and a network of public and private training resources are available to provide specialized employee recruitment and workforce training services.

 

HALIFAX COUNTY AREA LABOR FORCE PROFILE

 

Halifax County Area

30-Mile Radius

60 Mile Radius

Total Population

73,667

138,874

986,162

Population Age 16+

60,160

114,761

796,254

In Labor Force

29,708

56,179

462,949

Employed

27,151

51,784

426,917

Unemployed

2,557

4,350

32,019

Unemployment Rate

8.6%

7.7%

6.9%

% Blue Collar

48.8%

51.4%

47.1%

% White Collar

51.2%

48.6%

52.9%

Daytime Population, Age 16+

51,325

94,158

726,413

Number of Establishments

2,000

3,767

28,753

                 

EMPLOYEES & ESTABLISHMENTS BY MAJOR NAICS DIVISION

 

30-MILE RADIUS

60-MILE RADIUS

 

Employees

%

Establishments

Employees

%

Establishments

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

1,166

2.3

221

7,499

2.1

1,320

Mining

38

.1

1

349

.1

15

Construction

1,440

2.8

203

15,033

4.3

1,974

Manufacturing

7,129

13.9

168

36,788

10.4

1,150

Transportation, Communications & Utilities

3,596

7.0

248

17,816

5.1

1,474

Wholesale Trade

2,687

5.3

149

13,116

3.7

1,160

Retail Trade

7,893

15.4

747

65,081

18.5

5,573

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

1,109

2.2

250

15,631

4.4

2,263

Services

16,649

32.6

1,563

133,171

37.8

12,642

          Health Services

4,315

8.4

200

44,527

12.6

1,881

Public Administration

9,346

18.4

217

47,720

13.5

1,182

HALIFAX COUNTY OCCUPATION & WAGE PROFILE

Occupation

Entry

Average

Experienced

Management Occupations

$23.84

$47.98

$60.05

Business & Financial Operations Occupations

$14.01

$25.51

$31.27

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

$16.19

$22.53

$25.69

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

$19.37

$36.66

$44.81

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

$12.74

$20.72

$24.71

Community and Social Services Occupations

$13.78

$18.77

$21.27

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

$12.13

$18.12

$21.12

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media

$9.49

$14.03

$16.30

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

$14.59

$27.55

$34.03

Healthcare Support Occupations

$8.27

$11.45

$13.04

Protective Service Occupations

$12.53

$15.55

$17.06

Food Preparation/Serving Related Occupations

$8.27

$9.03

$9.40

Building/Grounds Cleaning/Maintenance

$8.24

$10.09

$11.01

Personal Care and Service Occupations

$8.20

$8.90

$9.24

Sales and Related Occupations

$8.32

$14.01

$16.85

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

$9.56

$14.04

$16.29

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

$9.76

$13.82

$15.85

Construction and Extraction Occupations

$13.08

$19.43

$22.61

Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations

$10.58

$20.79

$25.90

Production Occupations

$9.36

$16.87

$20.63

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

$8.56

$13.69

$16.26