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Posted on: October 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Winston-Salem Posts Healthy Job Growth

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Oct. 17, 2019

Non-farm employment in the Winston-Salem metropolitan area grew by more than 3.9 percent from August 2017 to August 2019, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rising to 272,400 jobs from 261,900, an increase of 10,500 jobs.

This was the highest growth rate among 12 similarly sized metro areas in the United States, as reported to the Piedmont Triad Partnership by Economic Leadership, an economic development consulting group working with the partnership.

Mayor Allen Joines said that the increase is welcome news. “The job growth numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are the strongest that Winston-Salem has seen in decades,” Joines said. “This growth is validation that all the work we are doing on the economy is working.”

The Winston-Salem metro area’s growth rate was compared with Birmingham, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Columbia, S.C; Dayton, Ohio; Greenville, S.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Richmond, Va.; Savannah, Ga.; and Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Va.

According to Economic Leadership, the growth came primarily in three sectors. Professional and business activities accounted for 4,500 new jobs, or 43 percent of the total gain; education and health added 2,300 jobs, or 22 percent of the total gain; and leisure and hospitality added 1,700 jobs, 16 percent of the total gain.

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