This section shows the New Hanover County North Carolina economy using the most recent economic analysis from the 2022 Census Bureau. Starting with Figure 1 which shows the median earnings per worker, New Hanover County depicts it has a Median earnings of $49,308 which is the second most of all the counties in the metro area. The county with the highest median earnings per worker in the area is Pender County which depicts a median earnings of $50,057 ( only slightly larger). Comparing median earnings per worker to the United States average of $53,269, New Hanover County is about 8.0% smaller. Also, measured against the state of North Carolina, median earnings per worker of $47,601, New Hanover County is only about 3.6% larger.
In Figure 2 a more complete view of income is shown which aggregates income from all members in the household and it has a Median household income of $62,362 which is the third most median income of all other counties in the greater New Hanover County region. The county with the highest median household income in the area is Pender County which depicts a median income of $65,681 (only about 5.3% larger). Comparing median household income to the United States average of $69,021, New Hanover County is about 10.7% smaller. Also, in contrast to the state of North Carolina, median household income of $60,516, New Hanover County is only about 3.1% larger.
The next section examines a variety of different income statistics for the New Hanover County metropolitan area. In Figure 3 we see that it has the smallest proportion of earnings between $15,000 and $19,999 at 30.6% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of earnings between $50,000 and $74,999 at 7.7% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has the largest proportion of earnings between $75,000 and $99,999 at 11.7% of the total and is ranked #1. Dividing median annual worker earnings by the average number of hours worked in a year in Figure 4 shows that it has a Avg Hrly Earnings of $25.02 which is the most of all counties in the greater New Hanover County region. Comparing average hourly earnings to the United States average of $26.40, New Hanover County is about 5.5% smaller. Also, compared with the state of North Carolina, average hourly earnings of $23.41, New Hanover County is 6.9% larger.
Figure 5 examines the number of self employed people in the New Hanover County metro area based on the number of people who reported any self employment income. New Hanover County depicts it has a Self Employed of 13.2% which is more than all other counties in the greater New Hanover County region.
Figure 6 breaks down the source of income and New Hanover County has the largest proportion of income from wages at 7.0% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the smallest proportion of social security at 0.5% of the total.
The next chart (Figure 7) shows the percentage of households that had retirement income over the last 12 months and it has a With Retirement Income of 23.7% which is in the middle range of other counties in the surrounding region. The county with the highest households with retirement income in the area is Brunswick County which depicts a households with retirement income of 41.2% (74.0% larger).
The percentage of full-time workers are compared to the number of part-time workers in Figure 8. New Hanover County depicts full time employees approximately 2.7 times bigger as the part time employees.
Similar to the last chart is Figure 9 which shows the number of people who are self employed but in more detailed industry categories such as manufacturing, retail sales, residential real estate, commercial real estate, health care, exports/imports, and advanced industries, etc. New Hanover County depicts it has the hightest entrepreneurs of 18% for the self employed in professional, scientific, management, administrative services grouping.
Figure 10 shows the cost of living and other consumer spending categories for a variety of cost components from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. New Hanover County shows it has the hightest cost of 108.5 for the cost of utilities group.
New Hanover County Poverty Charts
In Figure 11 the percentage of people earning less than the poverty level is shown and compared across the group of places. New Hanover County indicates it has a Percent of Population In Poverty of 13.6% which is in the mid point range of other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent of people earning less than the poverty level in the area is Bladen County which shows a percent of people in poverty of 24.6% (about twice as large).
Additionally, Figure 12 looks at the percentage of people who receive some form of public assistance including general assistance, temporary assistance or food stamps (i.e. SNAP.) New Hanover County depicts it has a Public Assistance Percent of 9.5% which is the smallest when ranked by households with public assistance of all the other counties in the metro area. The county with the highest households with public assistance in the area is Bladen County which depicts a households with public assistance of 30.2% (approximately 3.2 times bigger).
New Hanover County Labor Force Charts
The table in Figure 13, shows New Hanover County employment data in terms of job categories and salary data.
The next two charts look at monthly trended employment related performance using data estimated by economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS tracks unemployment statistics for a large number of areas throughout the country on a month to month basis. However, not every location in the U.S. is tracked by the BLS so the chart will only show the closest location available (which may be the same location.) Figure 14 shows the monthly unemployment rate for the area as well as a comparison to the overall national economy measure for the United States. Note that in March to April 2022, the Covid 19 recession occurred and affects this metric. The monthly unemployment rate shows that from February 2017 to before the COVID-19 Pandemic it went from 4.6% to 3.0% in December 2019. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 34.8%. Since that time, the monthly unemployment rate has gone to 3.0%. This represents an increase in the monthly unemployment rate of very little.
New Hanover County Jobs Charts
In the jobs section of economic activity charts in Figure 15 shows the average annual earnings for very high level job industry categories for full time and year round employed.
Figure 16 shows the average median earnings for different categories of jobs.
New Hanover County Work Commute Charts
The following set of charts detail a variety of metrics that have economic impact, economic grow factors and economic development metrics in the New Hanover County community and has an impact on other factors such as economic growth, population growth, economic recovery, job growth, etc.. Figure 17 shows a high level view of how the population commutes to work (including the percent of people who work from home.) New Hanover County has the largest proportion of people who bicycle or walk to work at 13% of the total and is ranked #1. Figure 18 shows a more detailed view of how the population commutes to work for (for example to downtown New Hanover County or elsewhere.) New Hanover County has the smallest proportion of people who carpooled at 7% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of people who bike at 0% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has the largest proportion of people who work from home at 13% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 19 is provided for comparison purposes to the previous chart. It shows how people get to work overall on average in the United States.
The average commute time is shown in Figure 21. New Hanover County depicts it has a Avg Commute Time of 20 which is the smallest as measured by average commute time of all the other counties in the area.
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and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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