Employment & Workforce

Employment by Industry

Industry 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Insured Employment 65,480 64,871 62,815 62,497 70,226 69,184
Goods Producing 14,248 13.778 13,212 13,519 17,679 19,004
Construction & Mining 2,573 2,541 2,582 2,925 3,480 3,762
Manufacturing 11,676 11,199 10,600 10,594 14,200 15,242
Food/Beverage 212 179 172 220 221 224
Textiles 2,887 3,056 2,835 2,749 3,688 3,959
Apparel 7 11 11 16 16 24
Wood Products 47 32 30 74 99 130
Furniture/Fixtures 462 477 658 657 787 1,026
Paper/Allied Products 104 148 105 111 * 149
Printing 178 178 185 182 193 185
Chemicals 602 596 568 425 457 496
Rubber/Plastics 531 489 439 402 534 571
Nonmetallic Minerals 145 115 130 170 200 177
Metals 2,161 2,063 * 1,871 2,333 2,275
Insdustrial Machinery 749 658 664 705 1,007 490
Electrical Eqt. 87 82 69 55 84 98
Transportation Eqt. 2,759 2,517 2,380 2,379 3,797 4,284
Misc. Mfg. 451 447 427 450 505 488
Other Mfg. * * 397 351 490 *
Service Producing 51,235 51,102 49,603 49,978 50,317 52,607
TCU 2,442 2,259 2,176 * * 2,258
Trade 11,450 11,148 10,995 11,064 * 17,377
FIRE 1,846 2,011 * * * 2,124
Service/Misc. 29,629 29,792 22,604 * 25,662 26,956
Public Administration 3,611 3,594 3,695 3,743 3,648 3,527
Management of Co. 381 413 302 383 370 365
Government 9,369 9,495 10,009 9,039 8,020 8,193

Top Employers

Company Employment Type
Gaston County Schools 1,000 & over Education & Health Services
Caromont Health 1,000 & over Education & Health Services
Gaston County 1,000 & over Public Administration
Wal-Mart Associates 1,000 & over Trade, Transportation & Utilities
American & Efird 1,000 & over Manufacturing
Wix Filtration 1,000 & over Manufacturing
Freightliner Corporation 1,000 & over Manufacturing
City of Gastonia 500-999 Public Administration
Pharr Yarns 500-999 Manufacturing
Gaston College 500-999 Education & Health Services
Dole Fresh Vegetables 500-999 Manufacturing
Century Employer Organization 250-499 Professional & Business Services
Integrated Staffing Solutions 250-499 Professional & Business Services
Barrett Business Services 250-499 Professional & Business Services

Top Manufacturing Employers

 Company Employment
American & Efird 1,000 & over
Freightliner Corporation 1,000 & over
Wix Filtration Group 1,000 & over
Pharr Yarns 500-999
Dole Fresh Vegetables 500-999
FMC Corporation 250-499
Industrial Fabricators 250-499

Employment & Wages by Occupation

Occupation Employment Avg Wage
Management 2,470 $46.50
Business & Financial Operations 1,710 $28.19
Computer & Mathematical 430 $29.07
Architectual & Engineering 710 $28.22
Life, Physical & Social Science 260 $24.92
Community & Social Service 1,190 $18.28
Legal 510 $23.92
Education, Training & Library 3,760 $18.59
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media 430 $15.73
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical 3,760 $35.40
Healthcare Support 2,160 $12.10
Protective Service 2,430 $15.51
Food Preparation & Serving Related 4,730 $9.24
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance 1,410 $10.75
Personal Care & Service 1,690 $10.12
Sales & Related 8,140 $13.73
Office & Administrative Service 10,460 $14.00
Construction & Extraction 2,520 $16.45
Installation, Maintenance and Repair 2,480 $18.58
Production 8,780 $15.22
Transportation & Material Moving 5,290 $12.76

Source: The North Carolina Employment Security Commission, Labor Market Information Division

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