NC Justice Center: County Economic Snapshot

Budget & Tax Center BRIEF: County Economic Snapshots 2018

By Brian Kennedy and Chanae Wilson
Budget & Tax Center
May 2018

The Budget & Tax Center‘s Economic Snapshots provide a look at how well counties in North Carolina are faring across key indicators of economic well-being and opportunity to include unemployment, poverty, housing, health, education, and supports for working families. To view this information for all 100 counties in North Carolina, click here. For details on the four counties in the Triangle South Workforce Development Board’s local area, continue reading.

Chatham County:
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty: 31.1% of residents are low income ($48,600 or less for a family of four)
Housing: 48.5% of residents spend spend more than 30% of their income on rent
Health: 12.8% of residents lack healthcare insurance
Education: 38.8% of adult residents have Bachelor’s Degrees
Income Supports: 7.2% of residents receive SNAP benefits
For more detailed information on Chatham County and how their statistics compare to the state of North Carolina, click here.

Harnett County:
Unemployment Rate: 5%
Poverty: 41% of residents are low income ($48,600 or less for a family of four)
Housing: 47.7% of residents spend spend more than 30% of their income on rent
Health: 13.2% of residents lack healthcare insurance
Education: 19.3% of adult residents have Bachelor’s Degrees
Income Supports: 14.2% of residents receive SNAP benefits
For more detailed information on Harnett County and how their statistics compare to the state of North Carolina, click here.

Lee County:
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty: 39.2% of residents are low income ($48,600 or less for a family of four)
Housing: 47.3% of residents spend spend more than 30% of their income on rent
Health: 16.1% of residents lack healthcare insurance
Education: 20.8% of adult residents have Bachelor’s Degrees
Income Supports: 16.8% of residents receive SNAP benefits
For more detailed information on Lee County and how their statistics compare to the state of North Carolina, click here.

Sampson County:
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty: 50.8% of residents are low income ($48,600 or less for a family of four)
Housing: 52.1% of residents spend spend more than 30% of their income on rent
Health: 17.1% of residents lack healthcare insurance
Education: 11.9% of adult residents have Bachelor’s Degrees
Income Supports: 18.8% of residents receive SNAP benefits
For more detailed information on Sampson County and how their statistics compare to the state of North Carolina, click here.

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