As a part of our services to the business, economic development and educational communities, we provide labor market analysis, comprehensive economic forecasting, and economic impact data acquired through EMSI, a web-based subscription program. Data comes from 90 state and federal government sources and is updated regularly.

These services include:

  • Economic Forecasting reports – provides current statistics and up to 10-year projections for the growth and decline of jobs by industry, jobs by occupation, and demographics for a selected county or region, in addition to current unemployment data.
  • Economic Impact reports – input-output modeling, easy-to-use analysis of industries, industry clusters, and regional economic base. This is a critical tool used for understanding a region’s current economy and planning for future economic challenges and opportunities.
  • Career Pathway reports – provides data and analysis related to occupational competency (knowledge, skills and ability) requirements, regional human capital, and ways of identifying employment and retraining opportunities for dislocated or unemployed workers.
  • If you are interested in a specific forecast report, contact Sally Heglar in our office at



Labor Market Overviews

The Gaston Workforce Development Board (WDB) Labor Market Overviews are monthly fact sheets comprised of economic and labor market data such as unemployment rates, civilian labor force figures, job vacancies, etc.

Gaston WDB Labor Market Overviews

Gaston WDB Labor Market Presentation- 2018 2nd Quarter

Additional Resources

NC Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD)

AccessNC Dashboard (County Profile Data)