Manufacturing (NAICS 31):
Manufacturing is one of Chatham County’s largest employment sectors, providing 15% of jobs in the county. While many manufacturing jobs were lost during the recession, existing manufacturing businesses are strong, and average weekly wages have grown 36% in ten years, to $787.
The food manufacturing sector includes businesses like Brookwood Farms, Mountaire, and Southern Supreme. Chatham County’s wood products manufacturing sector continues to grow with Arauco, Boise Cascade, Pallet One of NC, and several other timber and lumber companies. Chatham County also home to Arclin, Engineered Plastic Components, Chandler Concrete, Floorazzo Tile, International Precast, Olympic Steel, Lazar Industries and Acme McCrary.
Health Care & Social Assistance (NAICS 62):
With a 32% growth between 2004 and 2014, Health Care & Social Assistance is one of the fastest growing employment sector in Chatham County. Chatham County is an attractive location for businesses in the health care industry, with Central Carolina Community College’s training programs and Chatham Hospital’s facilities at the Central Carolina Business Campus in Siler City. Continuing care retirement communities Carolina Meadows and Galloway Ridge, two of the largest private employers in the county, have supported this growth. The first projects in Chatham Park's North Village include a UNC Health Care office and a 10-bed hopice facility, which broke ground in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Agriculture (NAICS 11):
A resource-rich area, Chatham County has a long history in agriculture. With more than 1,100 farms, the agricultural sector is one of Chatham County’s largest economic drivers. In 2012, the market value of products sold topped $163 million. The majority of value from the agricultural sector is derived from the local production of livestock and poultry. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with Chatham communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the farm network.
Finance and Insurance & Professional & Technical Services (NAICS 52 & 54):
Chatham County’s finance and insurance and professional and technical services sectors are small, but have significant growth potential with the increase in highly educated and skilled resident workers. Finance and insurance jobs have increased by 17% between 2004 and 2014, with an average weekly wage of $1,136. The average weekly wage in the professional and technical services sector is $1,013, a 44% increase since 2004.
Wholesale & Retail Trade (NAICS 42 & 44):
Chatham County has a growing wholesale and retail trade sector to serve businesses across the county. With the growth of Chatham County’s residential base and new commercial properties, opportunities for retail trade continue to expand.
Construction & Real Estate (NAICS 23 & 53):
Chatham County's population grew by nearly 30% between 2000 and 2010, and in 2014, it was the second fastest growing county in the state. Chatham County's residential boom continues, and companies in construction and real state sectors can look forward to sustained growth.