Workforce & Training

Although Martin County’s labor force is just under 10,000 people, the labor force within commuting distance is over 175,000 people.  In Martin County, approximately 13.3% of that workforce is employed in manufacturing, compared to 11.1% in all of NC.  The County’s agricultural sector is also significant, compared to the State.   Good workers are currently available for new companies, reflected in a higher unemployment rate than the NC or US average.

In addition to the existing labor force, East Carolina University is in adjacent Pitt County with over 29,000 students.  Martin Community College, and other nearby local community colleges, provide free customized training for employees of new and expanding industry.  NC Works is the state organization that coordinates the free recruiting and training assistance.  As a result of these significant resources, the available labor force is skilled and productive.

For detailed labor information, please visit the EDPNC website here: WORKFORCE DEMOGRAPHICS

East Carolina University

East Carolina University, with nearly 29,000 students and 5,500 faculty and staff, is a thirty minute drive from Martin County in nearby Greenville, NC.  The University offers 88 bachelors, 72 masters, 2 intermediate, 5 professional doctoral, and 12 research/scholarship doctoral degrees in addition to 79 departmental certificates.  ECU has 12 colleges and schools including the College of Engineering and Technology, the Brody School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the College of Business.

Through its Division of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement, ECU works to assist technology transfer and promotes economic development and community engagement in eastern North Carolina.  Their offices work with  faculty, students and external partners to deliver innovative, value-adding programs and services to fuel community enhancement and regional leadership; innovation, entrepreneurship and small business; and cluster-based economic development.

For more information on ECU and its programs, visit






Martin County Economic Development Corporation
415 East Blvd #130, Williamston, NC 27892