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Labor / Workforce
Clay County, North Carolina is a dynamic and growing community, the second fastest growing county in western North Carolina. Clay County’s population increased more than 17% between 2000 and 2010. Of Clay County’s approximate 11,036 residents, about 4,051 participate in Cly Counties labor force, this is due to approximately  2,200 residents communting to other counties to work. Unemployment in 2017 stood at 4.4%.



Clay County has a highly skilled and non-union labor force with strong and loyal work ethics. In addition to those workers who reside in Clay County, the county is fortunate to have access to an expanded labor pool from neighboring Macon and Cherokee counties in North Carolina, and the Georgia counties of Union, Towns and Rabun, that collectively form our labor-shed area.

Workforce development and business services are delivered through Tri-County Community College, the Southwestern Workforce Development Board, and multiple other agencies. Tri-County operates several workforce programs, including its Customized Training Program which provides education and training opportunities to employees of eligible businesses and industries.

Whether for CNC programming, call and data center, leadership training, international quality standards, communication and teamwork, or any number of other subjects, Tri-County’s instructors can target training directly to your business’s needs.

To receive assistance, eligible businesses and industries must demonstrate two or more of the following criteria:
• The business is making an appreciable capital investment
• The business is deploying new technology
• The business is creating jobs, expanding an existing workforce, or enhancing the productivity and
   profitability of the operations within the State
• The skills of the workers will be enhanced by the assistance

Resources may support training assessment, instructional design, instructional costs, and training delivery for personnel involved in the direct production of goods and services. Production and technology support positions are also eligible for training support. Full-time probationary employees of qualified Customized Training companies are eligible for training delivered by the community college.

The Southwestern Workforce Development Board (the Board) brings a wealth of workforce resources to Clay County and the region, including serving as the region’s labor force data center and regional workforce coordinator.


 
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