Shared by IRPO: NC Rural Center’s Employment Growth- A Challenge in Many Rural Counties

A Continuing Challenge for Isothermal RPO’s Member Counties 

According to the US Department of Labor Statistics, as compiled by NC Rural Center, 41 of North Carolina’s rural counties (80 in total) have seen declines in employment from May 2016 – May 2017. Of North Carolina’s 6 urban and 14 suburban counties, only one, Cumberland saw losses in employment.

For Isothermal’s three counties, it was a net loss of 412 jobs, (click the County name to see the pdf which has more information).

McDowell lost 308 jobs, or -1.5%

Polk gained 60 jobs, or 0.7%

Rutherford lost 164 jobs, or -0.7%

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