Chester County Economic Development

A Workforce That Really Works

No doubt the composition and size of a community's labor force correlates with economic conditions and trends in a region. During the past three decades, South Carolina’s population growth has exceeded the U.S. and Southeastern averages, providing an ample labor supply for business and industry. In Chester County, our total civilian labor force (excluding military) is 95,694 within a 30-mile radius. Within a 15-mile radius, our labor force is 16,556. The median age of our workforce is 35.4, roughly the same as the national average.

With its close proximity to the International Center for Automotive Research and the Engineering Departments of Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and the University of North Carolina, Chester County is known for its high concentration of skilled workers and its engineering strength. The U.S. Department of Labor recently ranked South Carolina among the top five states for an engineering workforce and number two for its concentration of U.S. engineers. South Carolina also ranked nationally in other key areas:

#1 for its concentration of nuclear power operators and nuclear technicians
#2 for its concentration of team assemblers
#3 for inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers
#4 for its wealth of industrial engineering technicians

Want more information? For a quick overview of our labor statistics, click on the links below.
Labor At A Glance
Labor Force Characteristics
Employment Characteristics
Household Income
Average Wage and Salary
Educational Attainment
Employment by Occupation

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