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

Workforce 12,650
Employed 12,037
Unemployed 613
Unemployment Annual Rate 4.2%

Source:  NC Department of Commerce

Estimated Income and Earning Characteristics

2015 (Most recent Census data)
Median Family Income $47,509
Median Household Income $40,611
Population with Income Below Poverty Level                               15.9%
Median Workers Earnings $22.254
Per Capita Income $35,707

Educational Attainment by Population 25+ 

High School Graduate 16,854 83.3%
At Least a Bachelor's Degree  3,951 19.5% 

Source:  NC Department of Commerce