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  • Over the past five years manufacturing employment in Transylvania County increased by 68.6 percent; greatly outpacing the 8.4 percent increase among all industries in the county.
  • Over the past five years manufacturing has been responsible for 41.7 percent of all net new jobs in the county.
  • The manufacturing sector currently employs approximately 700 workers in Transylvania County. The sector accounts for eight percent of all jobs in the county and represents 33 business establishments.
  • According to an analysis of industry payrolls, recent growth in Transylvania’s manufacturing sector is led by two subsectors; Food Manufacturing and Beverage Product Manufacturing.
  • In 2017 average monthly earning in local manufacturing equaled $3,596; 21 percent or $618 above the average for all industries in the county.
  • Transylvania’s 700 manufacturing jobs support an additional 626 local jobs for a total economic impact of 1,326 jobs. Manufactures’ purchases from local suppliers indirectly support 423 jobs in the county and the resulting increased household spending supports another 203 induced local jobs. Each manufacturing job supports another 0.9 jobs in the county.
  • Activity from Transylvania’s manufacturing sector annually generates $29.3 million in tax revenues. Although the Federal government receives the largest share of tax revenues, the state receives $8.2 million, the county $7.5 million and local municipalities the remaining $1.4 million.
  • Since 2003 there has been a net outflow of resident manufacturing workers. More than 1,000 county residents are employed in manufacturing, outnumbering the number of manufacturing jobs in the county.

Learn more about the "Role of Manufacturing in Transylvania County." 



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