#1 Fastest Growing Metro from 2000-2013
CityLab, April 2014


North Carolina is a "right to work" state, and has one of the lowest unionization rates in the U.S.


Wake County
  2013 Average July 2013
July 2014
Labor Force 490,088 506,631 518,486
Unemployment 6.6% 6.6% 5.5%


  2013 Average July 2013
July 2014
Labor Force 222,263 228,206 233,996
Unemployment 6.1% 6.2% 5.2%

Source: North Carolina Employment Security Commission


North Carolina created eight new geographic zones in 2014 to enhance customer service and improve efficiency between governmental agencies at a regional level. The Wake County is part of the North Central Region, one of eight prosperity zones identified by North Carolina.  The NC Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division has developed a data book that provides an overview of the economic and demographic trends, specific to labor force. The data book largely covers years 2008-2013 (the latest full year for which data is available for all indicators) and will be updated periodically as new data becomes available. To download the data book, click on the above image.