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The characteristics that make NC's Southeast economy strong are advantages you can leverage for your business: two international ports, seven military installations, a low corporate tax rate, foreign trade zones, well-respected colleges and universities, a productive agricultural base, and major interstate highways. The region has invested in assets that will give your business a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

5 Metropolitan Statistical Areas with the following annual Gross Domestic Product

  • Fayetteville: $17 Billion
  • Wilmington: $13.6 Billion
  • Jacksonville: $7.9 Billion
  • New Bern: $5 Billion
  • Goldsboro: $4.4 Billion

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Labor Force Numbers worth Noting


  • 36% more productive workforce than the U.S. Average
  • 730,000+ labor force
  • 760,000+ employed in the region
  • 7.8% regional unemployment rate
  • 83,000+ military labor force
  • 18,000+ military personnel exiting service every year
  • 61% with college experience
  • 20% with bachelor's degree
  • $700 regional average weekly wage
  • #2 lowest unionization rate in U.S.
  • NC is a Right-to-Work State
  • 9 certified Work Ready communities
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Home to 7 Military Installations

  • Fort Bragg (Army)
  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
  • Marine Corps Air Station New River
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
  • Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point
  • Pope Army Airfield
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

About North Carolina's Southeast

North Carolina’s Southeast is a regional public-private economic development partnership serving 18 counties in Southeastern North Carolina. The Partnership’s strong leadership in strategic planning, marketing, and business recruitment has helped facilitate more than $1 billion in new capital investment, 4,700 new jobs, and 32 company locations to the region from July 2014 to June 2019. Contact us to see how we can help grow your business in North Carolina’s Southeast.

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