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 89,131 workers and 526,108 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 $619.

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. Click here for a comprehensive list of employer services.

 

HALIFAX COUNTY AREA LABOR FORCE PROFILE

 

Halifax County Area

30-Mile Radius

60 Mile Radius

Total Population

72,971

206,295

1,101,983

Population Age 16+

59,821

167,627

885,416

In Labor Force

27,598

89,131

526,998

Employed

26,227

82,449

495,071

Unemployed

1,371

6,644

30,125

Unemployment Rate

5%

7.5%

5.7%

% Blue Collar

49.5%

48.2%

45.1%

% White Collar

50.5%

51.8%

54.9%

Daytime Population, Age 16+

51,325

94,043

726,862

Number of Establishments

1,994

3,788

29,262

                 

EMPLOYEES & ESTABLISHMENTS BY MAJOR NAICS DIVISION

 

30-MILE RADIUS

60-MILE RADIUS

 

Employees

%

Establishments

Employees

%

Establishments

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

1,160

2.2

216

7,569

2.1

1,350

Mining

38

.1

1

333

.1

15

Construction

1,452

2.8

210

15,243

4.3

2,044

Manufacturing

7,396

14.2

164

37,807

10.6

1,158

Transportation, Communications & Utilities

3,613

6.9

249

18,060

5.1

1,468

Wholesale Trade

2,811

5.4

158

13,320

3.7

1,177

Retail Trade

7,766

14.9

750

67,463

18.9

5,607

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

1,208

2.3

257

15,515

4.3

2,318

Services

16,973

32.6

1,564

133,049

37.3

12,938

Health Services

4,214

8.1

204

43,054

12.1

1,941

Public Administration

9,584

18.4

219

48,369

13.6

1,187

HALIFAX COUNTY OCCUPATION & WAGE PROFILE

Occupation

Entry

Average

Experienced

Management Occupations

$23.67

$47.94

$60.07

Business & Financial Operations Occupations

$15.06

$26.07

$31.58

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

$16.45

$23.54

$27.08

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

$22.42

$41.25

$50.66

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

$15.46

$23.27

$27.17

Community and Social Services Occupations

$13.08

$18.29

$20.90

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

$11.15

$17.82

$21.16

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media

$9.69

$15.07

$17.76

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

$13.29

$28.45

$36.03

Healthcare Support Occupations

$8.30

$11.70

$13.40

Protective Service Occupations

$12.33

$16.38

$18.40

Food Preparation/Serving Related Occupations

$8.41

$9.08

$9.41

Building/Grounds Cleaning/Maintenance

$8.45

$10.38

$11.34

Personal Care and Service Occupations

$8.34

$10.77

$11.98

Sales and Related Occupations

$8.21

$14.96

$18.33

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

$9.71

$14.28

$16.57

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

$8.19

$11.12

$12.58

Construction and Extraction Occupations

$12.89

$18.09

$20.68

Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations

$11.57

$21.47

$26.42

Production Occupations

$8.82

$15.82

$19.32

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

$8.28

$13.65

$16.34

Area Labor Profile - April 2019

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