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MAJOR INDUSTRIES

Major Industries

Diverse Corporate Makeup 

Once dominated by manufacturing, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County employment landscape has evolved over time. While manufacturing and logistics continue to be staples of the employment base, future growth opportunities are in logistics/distribution, healthcare/life sciences, financial services and data centers.

 

Employment by Industry Sector

2015 Industry Sector Number Percent of Total
Natural Resources, Utilities, & Construction        7,950 4%
Manufacturing     16,578 8%
Retail Trade       21,055 11%
Wholesale Trade, Transportation & Warehousing        12,087 6%
Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services      15,025 8%
Finance & Insurance, Information, & Real Estate      13,800 7%
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services      8,927 5%
Management of Companies        5,969 3%
Educational Services      10,851 5%
Health Care & Social Services         35,229 18%
Hospitality, Arts, & Entertainment          19,040 10%
Other Services        10,671 5%
Government          21,048 11%

 

Source: EMSI          
Data reflects covered employment from BLS Quarterly Census of Emloyment & Wages; non-covered wages; and self-employment


Advanced Manufacturing


WSBI’s target industries include: