Workforce & Education

Educating Talent That's Smart Enough to Stay Here


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Largest Manufacturing Workforce in the Southeast

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Discover the #1 Workforce in the Country

A region’s economic success is dependent on its workforce, and North Carolina’s workforce is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. In fact, North Carolina's ranking as the Top State for Business in 2022 and 2023 is in part due to the collaborative nature of its workforce development partners and because of our continued investments into our state’s workforce institutions’ abilities to meet industry demands.

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It's not hard to find talented, skilled and educated workers in North Carolina. Our diverse workforce is closely tied to the state’s top-tier universities and 58-school-strong community college system.

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Top State for Workforce

North Carolina was first in the workforce category of CNBC’s Top State for Business index in 2023. We attract, retain, and produce skilled labor in industries like advanced manufacturing, life sciences, financial services, clean energy, and more.

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Top Talent is Polished by a Top Education

Elite higher education institutions power our workforce. North Carolina has 52 colleges and universities (3 of which are Tier- 1 research universities) and 58 community colleges. The state also has the highest historically Black colleges and university enrollment in the country.

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Incentives to Develop Your Workforce

North Carolina provides robust resources for workforce development. New and existing companies can qualify for customized training grants and use the NCWorks Workforce Development network for a variety of recruiting and job training services.

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4th Largest Military Population in the Nation

20,000 of North Carolina’s active-duty military population (nation’s 4th largest) re-enters the workforce annually and has in-demand experience in fields such as engineering, IT, healthcare, communications, research and more.

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Our investment in North Carolina’s greatest asset, its people, will ensure the state as a diverse, skilled, and healthy workforce, ready to support immediate and future business needs.

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Lena Hobbs-Brown

Lena Hobbs-Brown

Business Development Associate