6/13/2018 5:55:00 AM Multi-Industry Job Fair Set for June 23rd
Tired of a long drive to work? The JOB FAIR June 23rd could have just what you need.
Wayne Howard Staff Reporter
There is one thing most industries in the Lincoln County Industrial Park have in common and that is a “Help Wanted” sign in front of their building. With the unemployment rate in Lincoln County at an all-time low, there is a shortage of good, skilled labor.
Many companies were realizing that the employee pool was coming from employees of other industries in the same park. Many of these companies were hosting individual job fairs with limited success. It was suggested that they all come together and do one large job fair at a centralized location and pool their efforts.
Under the coordination of John Dancoff, Existing Business Manager of Lincoln Economic Development Association, over ten companies from within the fourteen-company industrial park, located along Finger Mill Road north of Lincolnton, will be participating in a Job Fair on Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
Prospective employees can come out and see what each of these companies has to offer. The companies will be set up in trade show style not only to talk with candidates, but show them samples of what they manufacture. Dancoff said “Even if you’re not actively searching for a job, it would be a great chance to come see what these companies do and what products are actually made here in Lincoln County.”
The hope is that this Job Fair will attract some candidates that may be traveling out of Lincoln County each day and may realize we have some great opportunities right here. There may also be some that are underemployed who are not aware of some of the jobs available, or who normally don't have the time to seek other employment to better themselves. This will be a way of seeing what's available at several great companies in a short period of time.
THE FACTS & FIGURES (as reported by ACCESS NC from NC Dept. of Commerce)
As noted, a lot of Lincoln County residents work in other counties. 54.5% of Lincoln County workers actually commute to work in other counties in North Carolina; 1.8% actually work in another state. That means over half of the county's working population leaves the county for work every day. By comparison, Gaston County has 38.2% of its workers who commute to another county for work, 4.2% who work in another state. Cleveland County has 27.1% who work in another NC county, 6.7% who work in another state. In Catawba County, the figures are 22.2% working outside the county but in NC, and 1.2% working out of state.
35% of Lincoln County workers travel 30 minutes or more to get to work, compared to 36% in Gaston County, 24.3% in Catawba County and 29.3% in Cleveland County.
Some tend to think of Lincoln County as older; a lot of people have retired to the East Lincoln area and Lake Norman, but the average age in Lincoln County is what it is in a majority of NC counties--42. Catawba County is slightly younger at 41. Cleveland is also 42 and Gaston is 40. By comparison, Mecklenburg County's average age is 35. Union & Cabarrus counties average age is 38. The youngest county in the state? Watauga--average age 30. The 42 average age means there are a lot of workers with years left to work who live in Lincoln County.
So why do they travel elsewhere? The reason could be money--but let's take a look at the figures.
The 2017 average weekly wage in industry in Lincoln County was $762. In Gaston County, it was $764. In Cleveland County it was $754. In Catawba County, it was $809. In Mecklenburg, it was $1245. Lincoln County's average was similar to other counties nearby with the exception of Mecklenburg where higher wages for some corporate headquarters, etc. push up the figure.
Since most of the jobs available are in manufacturing, it makes sense to compare 'oranges to oranges' as the saying goes. The 2017 average wage for manufacturing jobs in Mecklenburg County was $1406. In Lincoln County it was $1023; in Gaston, $975; in Cleveland, $1035; and in Catawba, $931. That means manufacturing jobs in Lincoln County paid similar wages to those available in most other nearby counties; in some cases, better.
In the first quarter of 2018, 63 new jobs were announced in Lincoln County; 200 in Gaston, 100 in Cleveland, and 10 in Catawba. These are NEW jobs and do not include finding workers for existing jobs where vacancies existed.
The JOB FAIR will involve companies located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park off Finger Mill Road; that's just off US321-business (Maiden Highway). It will be in the Borghetti Turbo building at 1112 Lincoln County Parkway. (It's the first road to the left after you leave US321 business.)
If you need more information, call LEDA at 704-732-1511.
The Lincoln Economic Development Association is a private, 501c(3) non-profit corporation charged with facilitating industrial, office and commercial development in Lincolnton and Lincoln County. LEDA’s mission is to foster an economic environment that promotes an enhancement of the standard of living by creating more and better jobs for the citizens of Lincolnton and Lincoln County; an increase and diversified tax base to provide needed community services. The organization’s goals include retention and expansion of existing business; attraction of diversified base industries and improvement of the overall business climate within Lincolnton and Lincoln County.
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