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2013 High Country Workforce Databook High Country Workforce Development Board


Introduction As we continue to see dramatic shifts in the world economy it is imperative that workforce development organizations have reliable information on which to make sound decisions. The High Country Workforce Development Board Databook is designed as a resource for schools, colleges, elected officials, non-profit agencies, and others to find current information about the High Country workforce. It was assembled with the technical expertise of the North Carolina Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) and the staff of the High Country Workforce Development Board. Within the Databook you will find information about our changing demographics, our education system and attainment levels, commuting patterns, shifting industries, and occupations. Although we hope that this information provides valuable insight into the history and trends in our region, we also recognize that each piece of information can illicit additional questions and require more detailed analysis. The staff at the High Country Workforce Development Board is ready to help with additional information. If your organization would like more information on these or any other aspects of our economy, please contact Rebecca Bloomquist, Special Projects Coordinator (rebecca.bloomquist@highcountrywdb.com). Regards,

Adrian Tait, Director High Country Workforce Development Board 468 New Market Boulevard Boone, NC 28607 828.265.5434


Reasons for LMI

State of the Workforce 1.

Who is High Country’s Labor Force?

2.

What’s Their Experience & Skills?

3.

What’s the Area’s Employment Outlook?

4.

Who are the Job Seekers?

5.

Where are the Current Jobs?

6.

Where are the Job Opportunities?

7.

What Skills Will Be Needed to Fill Future Jobs?

8.

County Level Data


Who is the High Country’s Labor Force ?


Labor Force Demographics

Age, 2012 estimate <18

18-24

25-34

35-44

Alleghany

19.5%

7.4%

10.0%

11.9%

Ashe

19.4%

6.8%

10.8%

12.2%

Avery

Mitchell

Watauga

Wilkes

16.8%

19.0%

22.0%

Yancey

19.5%

High Country

18.6%

North Carolina

23.8%

13.7%

10.1%

11.0%

13.2%

13.7%

21.9%

15.5%

18.4%

14.0%

12.6%

11.7%

12.9%

US Census Bureau American Community Survey 5-year estimates

13.4%

18.4%

14.4%

14.0%

12.9%

12.5%

10.5%

7.2%

22.2%

11.5%

9.5%

8.9%

12.8%

10.8%

7.5%

19.0%

15.3%

13.4%

11.1%

32.1%

13.5%

21.8%

13.8%

13.8%

65+

22.5%

15.8%

13.4%

12.0%

10.9%

7.3%

55-64

15.9%

12.9%

14.0%

12.5%

10.0%

45-54

12.4%

14.0%

Overall, the High Country area has a higher than average median age and a larger number of workers in the 55+ age range: 32.4% of our population versus 26.4% of North Carolina. According to the 2012 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy produced by the High Country Council of Governments, the High Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media age is 45 compared to the median in NC at 37. We will look more into the details of our aging workforce in a later section. Another noticeable statistic is the impact Appalachian State has on the demographics of Watauga County with 18-24 year olds comprising a full 1/3 of the labor force.


Income & Wages

Earnings Geographic Area

Median Household Income

% of North Carolina

$30,845

67.7%

Ashe

$34,538

Avery

Alleghany

Mitchell Watauga Wilkes Yancey

Average Weekly Wage

% of North Carolina

Alleghany

$499

63.1%

75.8%

Ashe

$556

70.3%

$34,918

76.6%

Avery

$508

64.2%

$32,743

71.9%

Mitchell

$583

73.7%

$31,967

70.1%

Watauga

$607

76.7%

$33,438

73.4%

Wilkes

$593

75.0%

$35,703

78.3%

Yancey

$530

67.0%

North Carolina

$791

North Carolina $45,570

2010 5-year estimates US Census American Community Survey

Geographic Area

2010 Quarter Census of Employment & Wages NC Dept. of Commerce

High Country workers earn just $0.75 for every dollar earned by North Carolina workers. While High Country industries have long benefited from lower labor costs, this fact could also be contributing to our overall poverty rates and food insecurity.


Commuting Patterns

Working & Living in the WDB Area

One-third of our workers leave the High Country region for jobs. A similar number of workers are simultaneously commuting into the region for jobs.

Inflow/Outflow Job Counts (Primary Jobs), 2010 Count

Share

Employed in the Selection Area

65,498 100%

Employed in the Selection Area but Living Outside

22,345

34%

Employed and Living in the Selection Area

43,153

66%

Living in the Selection Area

68,148 100%

Living in the Selection Area but Employed Outside

24,995 37%

Living and Employed in the Area

43,153

Source: OnTheMap, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census

63%


Commuting Patterns

Working & Living in the County % of Residents Working in their Home County, 2010 Alleghany

 Alleghany

– 44.2%  Ashe – 49.2%  Avery – 46.2%  Mitchell – 40.6%  Watauga – 63.4%  Wilkes – 55.0%  Yancey – 38.6%

Ashe

Avery

Mitchell

Watauga

Wilkes

Yancey

80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census

30%

2003

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010


Commuting Patterns

Where Alleghany Works, 2010 Alleghany Surry Wilkes Ashe Forsyth Wake Mecklenburg

# Working in

% of All County Workers

1,533

44.2%

261

7.5%

191

5.5%

185

5.3%

176

5.1%

128

3.7%

115

3.3%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census


Commuting Patterns

Where Ashe Works , 2010 Ashe Watauga Wilkes Wake Buncombe Mecklenburg Catawba

# Working in

% of All County Workers

4,591

49.2%

1,429

15.3%

474

5.1%

252

2.7%

232

2.5%

190

2.0%

181

1.9%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census


Commuting Patterns

Where Avery Works , 2010 Avery Watauga Mitchell McDowell Wake Buncombe Mecklenburg

# Working in

% of All County Workers

2,588

46.2%

704

12.6%

241

4.3%

231

4.1%

213

3.8%

168

3.0%

131

2.3%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census


Commuting Patterns

Where Mitchell Works , 2010 Mitchell McDowell Yancey Avery Buncombe Wake Catawba

# Working in

% of All County Workers

2,117

40.6%

509

9.8%

429

8.2%

285

5.5%

206

3.9%

202

3.9%

146

2.8%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census


Commuting Patterns

Where Watauga Works , 2010 Watauga Avery Wake Buncombe Caldwell Mecklenburg Wilkes

# Working in

% of All County Workers

9,837

63.4%

555

3.6%

526

3.4%

386

2.5%

371

2.4%

358

2.3%

347

2.2%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census


Commuting Patterns

Where Wilkes Works , 2010 Wilkes Surry Forsyth Iredell Wake Yadkin Mecklenburg

# Working in

% of All County Workers

13,035

55.0%

1,539

6.5%

1,355

5.7%

781

3.3%

757

3.2%

728

3.1%

712

3.0%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census


Commuting Patterns

Where Yancey Works , 2010 Yancey Mitchell Buncombe McDowell Wake Catawba Mecklenburg

# Working in

% of All County Workers

2,045

38.6%

604

11.4%

429

8.1%

405

7.6%

227

4.3%

168

3.2%

146

2.8%

Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), US Census


Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Their Experience and Skills?


Labor Force Demographics

Educational Attainment Less than high school graduate

16% 26%

High school graduate

17%

20%

Some college or associate's degree

Bachelor's degree or higher

12%

14%

15%

37% 25%

28%

25%

27%

27%

30% 29% 27% 30%

33%

37%

33%

36%

31%

28%

23% 29% 16%

North Carolina

Alleghany

23%

Ashe

19%

Avery

27%

24% 13%

Mitchell

Watauga

2010 5-year estimates, US Census American Community Survey

Wilkes

22%

Yancey

The educational attainment of our workforce is one of the key indicators of the health of our economy: our ability to compete and our adaptability. Less than 1/3 of our high school graduates are going on to complete some type of post secondary education. While this doesn’t seem alarming in and of itself, when viewed in light of a recent report by Georgetown University’s Center for Education and Workforce - which indicated that 61% of NC jobs in 2020 will require a bachelor’s degree – the data has more impact. The full Georgetown University study can be found here.


Graduation Rates


Dropout Rates


Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our Employment Outlook?


Employment Change

A Painfully Long Recession

Employment Losses & Length of Recovery for North Carolina 0.0%

1980

1981

1990

Employment Change from Before Recession

-0.5% -1.0% -1.5% -2.0% -2.5% -3.0% -3.5% -4.0% -4.5% -5.0% -5.5% -6.0% -6.5%

Months

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), NC Dept. of Commerce

2001

2008


Employment Change

Recession Impacts High Country WDB High Country (unadjusted)

Employment Change from Before Recession

2%

0%

-2%

-4%

-6%

-8%

North Carolina (seasonally adjusted)


Jan-08

-25.0% Mar-10

-12.0%

Jul-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Jan-13

Jul-12 Nov-12 Jan-13

May-12

May-12 Sep-12

Jan-12 Mar-12

Jan-12 Mar-12

Sep-11 Nov-11

Jan-11

Nov-10

Sep-10

Jul-10

May-10

Mar-10

Jan-10

Nov-09

Sep-09

Jul-09

May-09

Mar-09

Jan-09

Nov-08

Sep-08

Jul-08

May-08

Mar-08

Sep-11

-10.0%

Nov-11

-8.0%

Jul-11

-6.0%

May-11

0.0%

Jul-11

2.0%

May-11

4.0%

Mar-11

Jan-11

-20.0%

Mitchell

Mar-11

-4.0%

Sep-10

-10.0%

Nov-10

-2.0%

Jul-10

-5.0%

May-10

6.0%

Jan-10

-15.0% Jan-08

Jan-13

Nov-12

Sep-12

Jul-12

May-12

Mar-12

Jan-12

Nov-11

6.0%

Mar-10

0.0%

Sep-09

5.0%

Nov-09

Avery

Jul-09

-12.0%

May-09

Jul-11 Sep-11

-4.0%

Mar-09

-10.0% May-11

Mar-11

Jan-11

Nov-10

-2.0%

Jan-09

Jul-10 Sep-10

0.0%

Nov-08

-10.0%

May-10

Mar-10

Jan-10

Nov-09

2.0%

Sep-08

Jul-09 Sep-09

2.0%

Jul-08

-8.0%

-8.0%

May-09

Mar-09

Jan-09

Nov-08

4.0%

May-08

Jul-08 Sep-08

4.0%

Mar-08

-6.0%

May-08

Alleghany

Jan-08

Jan-13

Nov-12

Sep-12

Jul-12

May-12

Mar-12

Jan-12

Nov-11

Sep-11

Jul-11

May-11

Mar-11

Jan-11

Nov-10

Sep-10

Jul-10

May-10

10.0%

Jan-10

Nov-09

Jan-08 Mar-08

6.0%

Sep-09

Jul-09

May-09

Mar-09

Jan-09

Nov-08

Sep-08

Jul-08

May-08

Mar-08

Employment Change

Local Employment Recession Ashe

0.0%

-2.0%

-4.0%

-6.0%


-12.0% Jan-08

Jan-12

Jan-13

Nov-12

Sep-12

Jul-12

May-12

Mar-12

-10.0% Jul-08

Yancey

4.0%

2.0%

0.0%

-2.0%

-4.0%

-6.0%

-8.0%

-10.0% Jan-13

Nov-12

Sep-12

Jul-12

May-12

Mar-12

Jan-12

Nov-11

Sep-11

Jul-11

May-11

Mar-11

Jan-11

Nov-10

Sep-10

2.0%

Jul-10

May-10

Mar-10

Jan-10

Nov-09

Sep-09

Jul-09

May-09

Mar-09

Jan-09

Nov-08

Sep-08

-4.0%

Nov-11

-2.0%

May-08

-6.0%

Jul-11

0.0%

Sep-11

-4.0%

Jan-08

2.0%

Mar-08

4.0%

May-11

6.0%

Jan-11

Jan-13

Nov-12

Sep-12

Jul-12

May-12

Mar-12

Jan-12

Nov-11

Sep-11

Jul-11

May-11

Mar-11

Jan-11

Nov-10

Sep-10

Jul-10

May-10

Mar-10

Jan-10

Nov-09

Sep-09

Jul-09

May-09

Mar-09

Jan-09

Nov-08

8.0%

Mar-11

Jul-08 Sep-08

Local Employment Recession Watauga

Nov-10

Sep-10

Jul-10

May-10

Mar-10

Jan-10

Nov-09

Sep-09

Jul-09

May-09

Mar-09

Jan-09

Nov-08

Sep-08

Jul-08

May-08

-6.0% May-08

10.0%

Mar-08

Jan-08 Mar-08

Employment Change

Wilkes

0.0%

-2.0%

-8.0%


Unemployment Rates

Unemployment Rate Now & Then February 2008 to February 2013

February 2008

14.9%

February 2013 13.0% 12.0%

12.9%

12.6%

11.4%

11.1%

8.0%

9.5%

8.9%

8.4% 7.4%

7.2%

7.6% 6.5%

5.8%

5.5%

4.7%

Alleghany

Ashe

Avery

Mitchell

Watauga

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), NC Dept. of Commerce

Wilkes

Yancey

High Country

North Carolina


Unemployment

Education Matters

Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment, averaged 2007-2011 High Country

North Carolina

United States

16.0% 14.0% While there has been much discussion at a national level about college graduates being unable to find work, the data shows a different overall picture.

12.0% 10.0% 8.0% 6.0% 4.0% 2.0% 0.0%

Less than HS

HS Graduate

Some college or associate's degree

Bachelor's degree or higher

* High Country WDB Average - Estimates of 5-year averages , US Census American Community Survey


Employment by Age

Employment by Age Group High Country WDB Area 19%

55 & Over 20%

21%

21%

22%

45-54 22%

23%

22%

23%

23%

23%

22%

22%

22%

22%

35-44 25-34 22-24

20%

20%

20%

20%

7%

7%

7%

6% 3%

7%

6% 3%

7%

6% 2%

5% 2%

5% 2%

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Source: US Census Bureau, Quarterly Workforce Indicators â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All Ownership Employment.

20%

19-21 14-18


New Hires

High Country New Hires

by industry, 2011

Retail Trade 14%

Health Care & Social Assistance 11%

Construction 15%

Administration & Management 9%

Manufacturing 7%

Agriculture & Forestry 6%

Source: US Census Bureau, Quarterly Workforce Indicators â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All Ownership New Hires.

Accommodation & Food Services 24%

Arts, Entertainment, & Wholesale Recreation 4% 5%

Educational Services 6%


Employment: 55 and Over

Change of Employment Share, 2001-2011 55 and Over 30%

24%

25%

25%

24%

23%

21%

20%

20%

18%

17% 15%

14%

16%

16%

15% 14% 12%

10%

5%

0%

Alleghany

Ashe

Avery

Q4 2001

Mitchell

Watauga

Wilkes

Yancey

Q4 2011

Source: US Census Bureau, Quarterly Workforce Indicators for Private Ownership Employment.

A previous chart referenced the aging workforce in the High Country region. This graph gives a clear picture of how the number of older workers has grown in the past decade. In some industries this phenomenon will become a real problem as they see waves of retirement in occupations, where it can take years to master job duties, without a supply of trained or experienced workers ready to fill those positions.


Retail Sales Changes Dec 2011-12

Jan 2012-13

Feb 2012-13

Alleghany

1%

-6%

7%

Ashe

-1%

-10%

-2%

Avery

10%

1%

12%

Mitchell

-2%

-13%

-5%

Watauga

3%

-3%

9%

Wilkes

-3%

1%

2%

Yancey

0%

-2%

0%


Where are the Current Jobs?


Industry Employment

Industry Employment by Age Group 2011 High Country WDB Area Health Care & Social Assistance

6%

Retail Trade

8%

Manufacturing

4%

Management of Companies & Enterprises Administrative & Support & Waste Management

9%

5% 5%

22%

24%

20%

16%

18%

5%

23%

14-18

19-21

23% 24%

26%

25% 14% 24%

30%

25-34

11%

24% 35-44

10%

21% 24%

25% 22-24

21%

29%

17%

22%

23%

20%

23%

18%

Accommodation & Food Services Construction

21%

45-54

13% 21% 55 & Over

Source: US Census Bureau, Quarterly Workforce Indicators. All Ownership Employment by Major Industries in the High Country WDB Area.


Industry Employment

Industry Employment Changes 2007-2012

2007

2012

Retail Trade Health Care & Social Assistance Accommodation & Food Services Manufacturing Construction Mgmt of Companies & Enterprises Wholesale Trade Administrative & Waste Services Others 0

2,000

4,000

6,000

8,000

10,000

12,000

14,000


Tourism

Tourism, 2011 Tourism Generated Employment

Rank Tourism Employment

as a % of 2011 employment

among NC Counties

Alleghany Ashe Avery Mitchell Watauga Wilkes Yancey

4.44% 3.42% 16.53% 2.57% 10.78% 1.82% 3.37%

22 26 3 39 7 61 28

HIGH COUNTRY

5.93%

NC

4.52%

Location Quotient

Rank Tourism Expenditure

0.75 0.58 2.79 0.43 1.82 0.31 0.57

81 58 38 83 19 51 71

1.31


Real Time Job Postings

Monthly Online Ad Volume by County 4 Years (2009 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2013) 2,400 2,200 2,000

Alleghany

Ashe

Avery

Watauga

Wilkes

Yancey

1,800 1,600 1,400 1,200 1,000 800 600 400 200 0

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted Online, April 2013

Mitchell

Online job data can be complicated. The ability to look in detail at which employers are posting jobs, what skills they are seeking, and posted salaries is very helpful. However, many employers, particularly ones in small communities, recruit new employees through word of mouth and other methods that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up in the online job data. This chart shows the number of monthly online job ads by county from 2009 to 2013.


Real Time Job Postings

Ratio of Unemployed to Online Job Listings February 2013 66.3

64.0

37.7

32.6

27.7

36.9 17.9

5.9 Alleghany

Ashe

Avery

Mitchell

Watauga

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted Online, April 2013

5.6 Wilkes

Yancey

High Country

North Carolina


Real Time Job Postings

Online Ad Volume vs. Unemployed High Country WDB Area # of Unemployed 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2,000 0

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted Online, April 2013

# of Online Ad Volume


Real Time Job Postings

Occupations with Most Online Job Ads Past 90 Days (1/19/2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4/18/2013) 67

Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

64

Registered Nurses First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation & Serving Workers

58 50

Receptionists & Information Clerks

48

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

47

Retail Salespersons

45

Occupational Therapists Customer Service Representatives Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

31 30 Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted Online, April 2013


Self-Employment

Self-Employed

2002

2007

2012 What many High Country workers already know is that a second job can make up for underemployment and/or lower salaries. Many of these second jobs come from selfemployment.

14% 12% 10% 8%

As the chart shows, the High Country has greater percentage of its population selfemployed than the state of North Carolina overall.

6% 4% 2% 0%

Alleghany

Ashe

Avery

Mitchell

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.(EMSI)

Watauga

Wilkes

Yancey

North Carolina


Self-Employment

Part-Time Proprietors 2002

2007

2012

35% 30% 25%

As the recession has continued, more and more people have part-time jobs.

20% 15% 10% 5% 0%

Alleghany

Ashe

Avery

Mitchell

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.(EMSI)

Watauga

Wilkes

Yancey

North Carolina


Where are the Job Opportunities?


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries

for High Country WDB Area through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Health Care & Social Assistance

8,630

10,178

1,548

Retail Trade

9,317

9,697

380

Construction

3,556

3,909

353

Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

1,291

1,568

277

Government Educational Services (Private) Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services

15,157 738

15,304 881

147 143

1,612

1,752

140

Transportation & Warehousing

1,158

1,250

92

Other Services (except Public Administration)

1,581

1,668

87

872

951

79

Real Estate and Rental & Leasing Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.(EMSI)

Industry growth projections: Much like weather forecasting, they work well as a long-range planning tool; however, more detailed predictions become less reliable.


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries

for Alleghany County through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Health Care and Social Assistance

581

675

94

Construction

179

199

20

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

241

258

17

Wholesale Trade

32

47

15

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

182

197

15

Government Retail Trade Finance and Insurance

668 270 73

682 284 86

14 14 13

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

49

61

12

Information

19

28

9

Other Services (except Public Administration)

83

90

7


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries for Ashe County through 2017

2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Health Care & Social Assistance

1,098

1,416

318

Retail Trade

1,037

1,118

81

Management of Companies & Enterprises

164

238

74

Construction

533

585

52

Other Services (except Public Administration)

153

203

50

Wholesale Trade

285

333

48

1,246

1,281

35

Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services

87

116

29

Finance & Insurance

192

206

14

Educational Services (Private)

29

50

21

Government


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries for Avery County through 2017

2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Retail Trade

839

916

77

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

495

539

44

Other Services (except Public Administration)

280

315

35

Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

97

124

27

Accommodation & Food Services

716

738

22

1,562

1,580

18

Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services

123

132

9

Finance & Insurance

84

92

8

Utilities

51

55

4

Government


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries

for Mitchell County through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Health Care & Social Assistance

832

930

98

Construction

290

380

90

Government

1,166

1,220

54

Transportation & Warehousing

220

272

52

Finance & Insurance

119

165

46

Manufacturing

280

323

43

Mining, Quarrying, & Oil and Gas Extraction

374

409

35

Educational Services (Private)

136

167

31

Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

65

94

29

Accommodation & Food Services

310

335

25


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries

for Watauga County through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Health Care & Social Assistance

3,108

4,024

916

Government

5,222

5,538

316

Retail Trade

3,439

3,640

201

Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services

517

680

163

Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

587

741

154

Management of Companies & Enterprises

238

372

134

Wholesale Trade

750

857

107

Finance & Insurance

424

483

59

Real Estate and Rental & Leasing

343

380

37

Manufacturing

605

639

34


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries for Wilkes County through 2017

2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

1,768

2,028

260

Construction

842

1,072

230

Educational Services (Private)

120

170

50

Real Estate and Rental & Leasing

232

272

40

Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

341

377

36

Transportation & Warehousing

383

409

26

1,702

1,715

13

Utilities

44

51

7

Other Services (except Public Administration)

471

477

6

Health Care & Social Assistance

Accommodation & Food Services


Industry Projections

Projected Growth Industries

for Yancey County through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Construction

392

494

102

Wholesale Trade

192

257

65

Retail Trade

474

501

27

Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services

91

116

25

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

37

57

20

Government

894

912

18

Health Care & Social Assistance

366

381

15

Educational Services (Private)

37

49

12

Other Services (except Public Administration)

79

91

12

Finance & Insurance

84

96

12

Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

83

93

10


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for High Country WDB through 2017

2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

2,192

2,544

352

610

820

210

Retail Salespersons

2,640

2,812

172

Registered Nurses

1,155

1,302

147

Grounds Maintenance Workers

819

947

128

Miscellaneous Healthcare Support Occupations

465

536

71

2,331

2,396

65

832

897

65

Office Clerks, General

1,324

1,385

61

Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers

1,702

1,763

61

Nursing, Psychiatric, & Home Health Aides Personal Care Aides

Cashiers Carpenters


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for Alleghany County through 2017

2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Nursing, Psychiatric, & Home Health Aides

163

189

26

Personal Care Aides

40

54

14

Textile Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders

79

92

13

Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers

151

163

12

Miscellaneous Healthcare Support Occupations

27

36

9

Recreation & Fitness Workers

43

52

9

Carpenters

56

64

8

Dental Hygienists

12

20

8

Cashiers

85

93

8

Registered Nurses

63

70

7


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for Ashe County through 2017

2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Registered Nurses

173

247

74

Nursing, Psychiatric, & Home Health Aides

199

245

46

Retail Salespersons

239

274

35

Personal Care Aides

110

145

35

Cashiers

283

309

26

Building Cleaning Workers

127

145

18

66

84

18

Secretaries & Administrative Assistants

186

203

17

First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers

123

138

15

48

60

12

Grounds Maintenance Workers

Miscellaneous Healthcare Support Occupations


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for Avery County through 2017

2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Retail Salespersons

221

249

28

Waiters & Waitresses

201

222

21

Cooks

137

149

12

First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers

101

109

8

Cashiers

254

260

6

Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

20

26

6

Recreation & Fitness Workers

35

40

5

Tellers

23

28

5

Customer Service Representatives

61

65

4


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for Mitchell County through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Nursing, Psychiatric, & Home Health Aides

231

308

77

Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers

246

277

31

Brick Masons, Block Masons, & Stone Masons

23

46

23

Fast Food & Counter Workers

154

177

23

Personal Care Aides

31

48

17

Helpers, Construction Trades

32

48

16

Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

44

56

12

Maintenance & Repair Workers, General

58

68

10


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for Watauga County through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Nursing, Psychiatric, & Home Health Aides

546

719

173

Registered Nurses

366

483

117

Retail Salespersons

1,173

1,270

97

205

297

92

1,424

1,499

75

Grounds Maintenance Workers

294

369

75

Building Cleaning Workers

666

727

61

Secretaries & Administrative Assistants

682

733

51

Counselors

165

210

45

Office Clerks, General

467

511

44

Personal Care Aides Postsecondary Teachers


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for Wilkes County through 2017 Carpenters

2012 Jobs 207

2017 Jobs 292

Nursing, Psychiatric, & Home Health Aides

633

692

59

Personal Care Aides

142

196

54

Fast Food & Counter Workers Glaziers

751

778

27

26

49

23

Construction Laborers

76

92

16

Grounds Maintenance Workers

135

151

16

Structural Iron & Steel Workers

21

36

15

Dental Hygienists

46

60

14

Miscellaneous Healthcare Support Occupations

128

142

14

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades & Extraction Workers

64

77

13

Change 85


Occupational Projections

Projected Growth Occupations for Yancey County through 2017 2012 Jobs

2017 Jobs

Change

Construction Equipment Operators

62

87

25

Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers

126

147

21

Grounds Maintenance Workers

90

110

20

Miscellaneous Assemblers & Fabricators

49

67

18

Construction Laborers

57

75

18

Sales Representatives, Wholesale & Manufacturing

36

46

10

Logging Workers

15

25

10

Office Clerks, General Cashiers

67 130

75 138

8 8

Preschool & Kindergarten Teachers

34

41

7

Secretaries & Administrative Assistants

97

103

6


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