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Chester County Economic Development
Labor Force Characteristics

Labor Force Characteristics

The following statistics summarize the size and characteristics of our county’s labor force.

Labor Force Change
  30-min drive 45-min drive 60-min drive 60-mile radius South Carolina Charlotte Region
Labor Force 2008 95,694 441,141 803,540 1,568,645 2,174,914 1,282,056
Change since 2000 21.08% 16.05% 19.19% 14.26% 12.21% 14.42%
Population Change
Population 2008 189,952 869,712 1,577,508 3,124,145 4,479,461 2,555,168
Change since 2000 29.87% 23.43% 26.67% 18.35% 11.65% 20.81%
Projected 2013 222,835 993,671 1,821,654 3,480,392 4,800,392 2,885,234
Age Distribution
Ages 20-34 21.2% 21.0% 20.8% 20.5% 20.2% 20.0%
Ages 35-54 30.2% 30.8% 31.1% 30.3% 28.7% 30.7%
Ages 55-64 10.9% 10.7% 10.5% 11.1% 11.9% 11.0%
Ages 20-54 51.4% 51.8% 51.9% 50.8% 49.8% 50.7%
Highest Level Educational Attainment (age 25+)
High School 27.7% 23.7% 25.1% 28.3% 31.5% 29.1%
Some College 21.6% 20.3% 20.6% 19.6% 18.9% 19.8%
Associate Degree 8.4% 7.6% 8.0% 8.0% 7.8% 8.0%
Bachelors Degree 17.5% 23.5% 22.2% 18.7% 15.4% 17.9%
Post-Graduate Work 8.3% 10.0% 8.9% 8.2% 7.8% 7.1%
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