Labor Force

The availability of a well-trained, dependable labor force has been a major factor in the success of the High Point business community.

Easy Commuting
High Point's central location within North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region coupled with an excellent highway system and region-wide Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) bus service makes it possible for workers to commute throughout the region with relative ease.

Division of Employment Security

The Division of Employment Security (DES) is a part of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and is the largest referral of qualified labor. The DES has local, regional and national database access to professionals, clerical workers, skilled artisans and technicians, laborers, and graduates seeking a career.
 Ralph Lauren employees celebrate new facility.
"It’s labor quality we need. We look at cost, and we have to have availability. But we are looking first and foremost at labor quality … we were comfortable with labor in High Point right out of the gate." - David Rush, Ralph Lauren Corporation
The DES offers job placement and referral services in addition to professional interviews based on the specific requirements listed by an employer.

Workforce Development Board

The Greensboro / High Point / Guilford Workforce Development Board and Guilford Technical Community College work hand-in-hand with the High Point EDC on company training issues.


For labor force statistics, please see the following pages:

Employment Information

  • North Carolina is a "right to work" state, affirming the right of every American to work for a living without being compelled to belong to a union.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that North Carolina has one of the fewest percentages of unionized workers of any state, 3.0%.