Changes in the Labor Force: 2001-2015

  2001 Jobs 2015 Jobs Loss/Gain
McDowell County 20,472 20,035 -437
Polk County 7,196 8,084 888
Rutherford County 30,410 26,737 -3,673

Despite the overall population size remaining stable over the last 15 years, the number of jobs in McDowell and Rutherford have shrunk, 2.1% and 12.1% respectively.