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  • 36% more productive workforce than the U.S. average

    North Carolina’s Southeast is home to a vast workforce that’s skilled in a variety of high demand industries. The civilian workforce is among the highest-ranked in the nation across multiple target industries when it comes to productivity and qualifications. NCSE also has the 2nd lowest unionization rate in the U.S., an added benefit for businesses looking to grow their workforce.

    • 730,000+ labor force
    • 37.1 average age of workforce

Beyond the civilian workforce, NCSE has a military labor force of more than 83,000. These men and women in uniform at our 7 military installations receive highly specialized training during their years of service, which sets them up for success in the region once their commitment ends.

  • 18,000+ exiting military annually
  • 11.7% unemployment rate
  • 34% of workforce has an associate's degree or higher
  • $2,359,075,000
    New Capital Investment*
  • 14,897
    New Jobs*
  • 155
    Company Locations*

* Denotes Totals Since 1996


Recent news

Italian Maker of Plastic Packaging Will Bring 46 Jobs to Robeson County

In Pender Commerce Park, developers are planning a building designed to be the first modern Class A industrial space for lease in the Wilmington region in over 10 years.

“New jobs like these demonstrate that North Carolina has a strong workforce and is open for business,” Governor Cooper said. “This investment by Serioplast, shows that our state remains is a good fit for global companies.”

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    Digital Advertising Company to Expand in Elizabethtown

    Anthem Displays LLC, a national manufacturer of digital billboards, will create 17 jobs in Bladen County, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The project will generate a $3.6 million investment in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

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    Wilmington Companies Are Finalists In Biotech Venture Competition

    Four Wilmington companies are the finalists of the inaugural NC BIONEER Venture Challenge aimed at enhancing life sciences and biotechnology business ventures in the region, according to an announcement Thursday. Accugenomics, Electronic Lab Logs, IndiOmics and Isosceles Pharmaceuticals were selected to participate in a two-month process of “intense mentoring,” stated a news release. READ MORE

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    Hemp Heyday: Wilmington Firm Expanding

    A hemp products company headquartered in the Port City continues to expand, with research capabilities one of its latest additions.

    Green Compass Inc., based in Wilmington with production and fulfillment facilities in Columbus County, has rented lab space at UNCW's Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) center. READ MORE