Talent & Workforce Development

One of our area’s top advantages is the strength of our exceptional talent pool.

Have graduated high school
Have at least a bachelor's degree
of population is 18-64 years old

Our workforce is educated, skilled and diverse. The region’s workforce is nearly 1 million* strong and rapidly growing. 65.1 percent of the population have bachelors’ degrees or higher, with 26 percent holding master’s degrees and doctorates. Our pipeline includes more than 42,000 new area college graduates entering the workforce annually. As a top place to live and raise a family, Cary is a magnet for employees from other areas — creating an unrivaled workforce and low unemployment rate.

The pro-business environment translates to workers’ compensation legislation and insurance rates that are generally more fiscally responsible and cost employers less than elsewhere (National Council on Compensation Insurance). Benefits to N.C. employers include:

  • Self-insurance permitted
  • Insurance rates lower than standard industry rates for firms that qualify
  • Right-to-work state, with union membership rates among nation’s lowest