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Chatham County’s Economy

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The statistics below are provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and the North Carolina, the US Census Bureau and the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Employment: Chatham County consistently has a fair low employment rate, but many residents commute outside the county for work. The average one-way commute is about 28.4 minutes, as of 2016.  The county's unemployment rate has remained consistenly low since the Great Recession. In November 2018, the unemployment rate is 3.3% (NC Department of Commerce).

Education Level: The US Census Bureau indicates that for 2012-16, 86.9% of Chatham residents over age 25 had at least a high school degree and nearly 40% had a college bachelor's degree or higher. This is well above the state average. 

Major Employers: The Chatham County Public School System remains the single largest employer, but Mountaire Farms poultry processing should surpass that in the next year or two. We also have several manufacturers of constructon products, especially wood and stone products. 

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