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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
  • 8.6% unemployment rate
  • 34% of workforce has an associate's degree or higher
  • $2,420,475,000
    New Capital Investment*
  • 15,335
    New Jobs*
  • 160
    Company Locations*

* Denotes Totals Since 1996


Post-pandemic Economy May Spark New Economic Opportunities In Southeastern North Carolina

Competitive Positioning Analysis Evaluates Trends that Inform the Region’s Three-Year Strategy

February 9, 2021 (Elizabethtown, N.C.) Global economic and political trends could result in new jobs and investment for Southeastern North Carolina’s leading industries once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, a recent report by consultants at Economic Leadership LLC concludes. The report, North Carolina’s Southeast Competitive Positioning 2020, is a comprehensive analysis of the 18-county region’s economic landscape, workforce characteristics, industrial product, marketing strategies, and more. Opportunities related to value-added food manufacturing, advanced textiles (especially those with a focus on health and safety applications), distribution and logistics, metalworking and aerospace/defense related businesses might be the most immediate targets to emerge post-COVID.

  • Steven Roberts Original Desserts, located in Robeson County, recently announced an expansion of its food manufacturing facility in Pembroke. It plans to invest $4.5M and hire 100 new employees, which will add to the several hundred it already employs. Congratulations to Channing Jones and the Robeson County EDC on this company’s growth. The company makes desserts for various restaurant chains like Olive Garden and Starbucks. It was known as Project Fondant on our Active Projects Report. NC’s Southeast originally generated this company location through its marketing program in 2011. READ MORE

  • 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

  • Construction is expected to begin this fall on the first facility inside the International Logistics Park of North Carolina (ILP) on the Columbus-Brunswick county line. READ MORE