Manufacturing remains the number one economic sector


Robeson Community College’s Welding Technology Diploma and Certificate program equips students with the skills to prepare them for manufacturing jobs, which continues to be the county’s main industrial sector.

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RALEIGH – The manufacturing, healthcare and retail sectors remain the top three employers in Robeson County, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

In a report obtained by The Robesonian, the Commerce Department ranked the state’s top employers in all industries. That same report also ranked the top industries by county, showing little change over the past year.

Although the report only shows first quarter results, it provides an overview of industrial sectors that play a key role in the economic needs of Robeson County.

Combined with the state’s most recent unemployment report, the industrial sector report is starting to provide a more detailed look at the jobs available in the region.

According to the October Statewide Unemployment Rate Report, the top industries seeing increases were leisure and hospitality services, 12,800; Commerce, transport and public services, 7,500; Education and health services, 3,900; Manufacturing, 3,700; Building, 2,200; Professional and Business Services, 1,800; Other services, 900; and Information, 200. The main industries experiencing declines were financial activities, 900; Government, 800; and Mining and logging, 100.

The county-by-county October unemployment report is expected to be released in the first week of December.

Still, the most recently released industry report provides details on industries that rely on the existing workforce.

The top 10 local industries based on the total number of employees are:

– Manufacturing, 7,020;

Health care and social assistance, 6,956;

– Retail trade, 4,852;

– Educational services, 4,325;

– Accommodation and food services, 3,206;

– Public administration, 2,694;

– Administrative, support and waste management and sanitation services, 1904.

The industrial sectors offering the fewest jobs are:

– Arts, entertainment and recreation, 94;

– Information, 116;

– Real estate and rental and leasing, 130;

– Management of companies and enterprises, 147;

– Utilities, 159.

According to Commerce Department officials, the Quarterly Employment and Wage Census “is a cooperative effort between the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Division of Labor and Economic Analysis (LEAD) and the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. (BLS). “

Quarterly Employment and Wage Statistics provide industry data from several economic reports on county, state and national regions.