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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 May, 2018, the following counties reflect these unemployment rates New Hanover 3.4%, Pender 3.6%, Brunswick 4.6%.  Currently the total labor force for the Greater Wilmington Region is 201,578.

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 2nd lowest unionization rate in the country at only 1.9%Click here to read the full report.

Household income

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.



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