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Winston-Salem, NC Employment Information
Winston-Salem, North Carolina Overview
Known as the Twin City, Winston-Salem is a picturesque place to live and work in North Carolina. It's home to around 236,000 people, and it boasts a long and varied history. First incorporated as Winston-Salem in 1913, it now has prosperous entertainment industry, and The Longest Ride, which is the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be made into a film, was filmed in Winston-Salem. Other movies that were filmed in the area include The Bedroom Window, Mr. Destiny and The Lottery.
The median household income for Winston-Salem is $47,084. Those seeking Winston-Salem jobs will be happy to know that, according to Forbes, the cost of living in Winston-Salem is approximately 5.2 percent below the average cost of living in the United States. Only the costs of groceries and health care are above the national average. Housing costs in Winston-Salem are significantly below what they are in most cities in the country, and the average cost of a home in Winston-Salem is $133,500.
Winston-Salem attracts many individuals and businesses thanks to its grand culture, which has many people referring to it as the City of the Arts, and its great opportunities.
Winston-Salem Job Opportunities
Many major companies have their headquarters in Winston-Salem, including Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., HanesBrands, Inc., and Lowes Food Stores. Even with all the corporate activity, the education and health care sectors provide the most jobs in Winston-Salem, NC. In fact, the biggest employer in the Winston-Salem area is the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, which has 11,750 employees. There are also many education jobs in Winston-Salem, with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools employing 6,692 people.
Other major employers in the area include Reynolds American, the TW Garner Food Company, ISP Sports, Blue Rhino, and Wachovia Corporation. Additionally, PepsiCo offers many Winston-Salem, NC jobs in its customer service center in the city. There are also a plethora of opportunities in nearby areas, so you may opt to search for Asheboro jobs as well.
Winston-Salem Employment Trends
As of July 2014, the unemployment rate in Winston-Salem was 6.8 percent. That's just below the North Carolina state average of 6.9 percent. However, it was higher than the national average for the United States, which was 6.3 percent. The growth rate of Winston-Salem jobs was 2 percent in 2013, and jobs are expected to grow at a rate of 1.4 percent in 2014.
Winston-Salem ranks 80th on Forbes' list for the best places for business and careers, but it only ranks 157th on the list for job growth. Overall, the major industries in the city are now technology, financial services, and tobacco.