Winston County, with a population close to 20,000, has a labor force of about 8,500. The greatest number of workers are employed in services, followed by retail trade, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.
The majority are moderately well-educated individuals, with about 74 percent holding high school diplomas and 20 percent holding an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or higher. Among manufacturers, the leading employers are producers of machinery, plywood, particleboard, and metal products.
Labor Force Status, 2012
|Status||Total||Percent of Labor Force|
|In Armed Forces||24||-|
|Not in Labor Force||6,316||-|
Total Employees by Major SIC, 2012
|Category||Number||Percent of Employed Population|
|Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing||38||0.61%|
|Transportation and Communication||225||3.61%|
|Finance, Insurance, Real Estate||191||3.07%|
Educational Attainment of Population Aged 25 and Older, 2012
|Highest Level of Education Attained||Number||Percent of Population|
|< Grade 9||906||7.2%|