Improving Business in the Wilmington Region
Workforce and Employment
Unemployment rates/Labor force & wages
The Greater Wilmington Region has historically experienced unemployment rates at or below state and national averages. As of October 2017, New Hanover and Pender Counties have unemployment rates of 3.6% and 4.1% respectively. Currently the total labor force for the Greater Wilmington Region is 198,786.
For historical data and more in depth analysis of the labor force please click here to access the North Carolina Employment Security Commissions Labor Market Division also known as D4 (Demand Driven Data Delivery System). In addition to further information about the state, you can also choose either New Hanover or Pender Counties from the drop down menu on the left side of the screen.
According to the United States Department of Labor, North Carolina has the lowest unionization rate in the country at only 1.9%. Click here to read the full report.
According to the US Census Bureau, New Hanover County has a median household income of $50,088 and Pender County has a median household income of $44,828. Please click on each county to view their US Census FactFinder pages which provide additional pertinent information.