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 55,615 workers and 455,998 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 $581.  

 

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

73,785

138,913

983,176

Population Age 16+

60,138

114,472

791,949

In Labor Force

29,883

56,260

460,272

Employed

27,191

51,495

421,291

Unemployed

2,692

4,720

34,956

Unemployment Rate

9.0%

8.4%

7.6%

% Blue Collar

47.8%

50.5%

46.5%

% White Collar

52.2%

49.5%

53.5%

Daytime Population, Age 16+

51,433

94,773

727,321

Number of Establishments

2,125

3,972

29,688

                 

EMPLOYEES & ESTABLISHMENTS BY MAJOR NAICS DIVISION

 

30-MILE RADIUS

60-MILE RADIUS

 

Employees

%

Establishments

Employees

%

Establishments

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

1,035

1.9

228

7,658

1.7

1,366

Mining

43

.1

4

519

.1

19

Construction

1,577

2.9

219

15,624

3.5

2,021

Manufacturing

6,888

12.8

168

40,833

9.0

1,179

Transportation, Communications & Utilities

3,689

6.9

239

18,380

4.1

1,384

Wholesale Trade

2,622

4.9

158

13,330

3.0

1,216

Retail Trade

7,994

14.9

767

66,626

14.8

5,625

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

1,171

2.2

266

15,632

3.5

2,311

Services

15,147

28.2

1,487

187,467

41.5

11,465

          Health Services

4,469

8.3

218

43,615

9.7

1,954

Public Administration

9,042

16.8

218

41,727

9.2

1,148

HALIFAX COUNTY OCCUPATION & WAGE PROFILE

Occupation

Entry

Average

Experienced

Management Occupations

$24.01

$45.23

$55.84

Business & Financial Operations Occupations

$13.63

$25.00

$30.69

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

$14.94

$21.07

$24.13

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

$24.05

$37.64

$44.44

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

$10.89

$18.18

$21.83

Community and Social Services Occupations

$13.85

$18.33

$20.57

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

$11.15

$17.50

$20.68

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media

$8.33

$11.93

$13.73

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

$12.24

$26.58

$33.75

Healthcare Support Occupations

$8.19

$10.68

$11.93

Protective Service Occupations

$11.87

$15.40

$17.16

Food Preparation/Serving Related Occupations

$8.16

$8.79

$9.10

Building/Grounds Cleaning/Maintenance

$8.14

$10.95

$12.35

Personal Care and Service Occupations

$8.21

$9.04

$9.46

Sales and Related Occupations

$8.25

$14.13

$17.07

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

$9.45

$13.91

$16.14

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

$9.49

$13.17

$15.01

Construction and Extraction Occupations

$13.76

$19.80

$22.83

Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations

$11.03

$21.49

$26.72

Production Occupations

$8.96

$17.30

$21.46

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

$9.01

$13.71

$16.06