Workforce Data

Workforce development is one of Craven County’s top priorities. Through strategic partnerships with Craven Community College, local K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations, we are committed to developing a highly-skilled workforce. Businesses within our community gain access to a wide spectrum of training and employment opportunities facilitated by local and state agencies. In Craven County, we work together on behalf of your business’s success and growth.

Workforce Statistics17-Nov
Civilian Labor Force41,934
Unemployment Rate4.80%

Unemployment Rates

Craven County4.80%
North Carolina4.40%
United States3.90%
Rates are not seasonally adjusted

Military Presence (MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock NC)

Havelock is home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, one of the nation’s largest military bases, covering roughly 29,000 acres of southeastern Craven County. Commissioned in 1942, MCAS Cherry Point currently provides support facilities and services for the Second Marine Aircraft Wing, houses facilities for training and supporting the Atlantic Fleet Marine Force aviation units and is designated as a primary aviation supply point. The base is also home to the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center-East, which is the largest industrial employer in Eastern North Carolina. With more than 4,000 civilian, military and contract workers, its annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. In addition to these military hubs, many veterans successfully transition to civilian careers with the opportunities Craven County provides.

MCAS Cherry Point (Havelock, NC)2017
Military Personnel8,987
Civilian Employees5,771
Military Dependents28,561
Military Retirees (within 40 mile radius)6,677