Labor Force


Productive Labor Force:

Our labor force of more than 17,000 locally and 90,000-plus regionally provide an excellent pool of skilled and trainable employees for your new or expandable business operations.

Vance and surrounding counties labor force stats as of February 2017
(Not seasonally adjusted)

County Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Franklin County 30,048 28,538 1,510 5.0%
Granville County 29,894 28,640 1,254 4.2%
Person County 18,541 17,558 983 5.3%
Vance County 18,189 16,940 1,249 6.9%
Warren County 7,251 6,714 537 7.4%


Workforce Training:

Vance-Granville Community College offers customized skills training to new or expanding industries at little or no cost.

Worker Recruitment and Screening

The Vance County office of North Carolina’s Employment Security Commission provides services to employers matching potential employees with job openings at no cost. North Carolina is the only state with a 100-day “no fault” period for new employees.

Labor Force 19,659 82,738
Employment 16,767 73,024
Unemployment 2,892 9,714
Rate 14.7% 12.4 %
Registered job applicants 2,679 7,300


Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board:
The Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board is charged with planning and policy development for services administered by Federal Workforce Investment Act funds. The Board is committed to making the Kerr-Tar region a great place to have a business, to find educated and skilled employees and a great place for job seekers to find the programs and training that will make them well qualified employees. Services that the Board has available for new or existing businesses include:

  • Employee assessments and recruitment assistance to assure that businesses have high quality talent pools to choose from when making hiring decisions;
  • On-the-job training, helping identify potential employees that are ready to be trained for your company or industry; and
  • Training options for current employees who need skill upgrades.


Low Energy and Construction Costs
Electric and gas rates for industrial, commercial and residential customers are below the national average. Local utilities have excess capacity for current and future growth.
The area is served by:

Water/Sewer:  City of Henderson
Electric: Duke Energy
Telecommunications: CenturyLink and several other companies can also provide internet
There are a number of local construction companies in the region as well as developers that would consider build-to-suit and lease-purchase arrangements for new construction.