While the basic statistics below demonstrate some of the quantitative measures of Ashe County’s skilled workforce, they fail to capture some of the most important, yet most immeasurable, employee characteristics that are crucial to business success such as hard work, dedication, loyalty, and workplace pride. Decades of manufacturing history and experience have made these vital qualities prevalent in the people who live and work here, and are evident in the production achievements our manufacturers enjoy today. Please take a look at some testimonials from area industry leaders about how important the Ashe County workforce is to their success, and come see first-hand why locating your business here is the smart decision.

Labor Force and Unemployment Information

May 2016 Labor Force 12,309
May 2016 Employment 11,585
May 2016 Unemployment 724
May 2016 Unemployment Rate 5.9%

Source:  ACCESSNC, NC Department of Commerce

Income and Earning Characteristics

2010 Census
Average Worker Earnings $21,567
Median Family Income $46,537
Average Family Income $54,183
Population with Income Below Poverty Level                               20.5%
Median Household Income $32,097
Average Household Income $40,524
Per Capita Income $20,050
2019 Projections
Per Capita Income $21,696

Educational Attainment by Population 25+

Level of Attainment Residents 25+ % of Residents 25+
High School Graduate 16,233 80.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 7,738 18.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree 1,308 7.99%

Source: ACCESSNC, County Custom Report: NC Department of Commerce