Written by Jennifer Fitzgerald
The Western North Carolina healthcare industry touches the entire population
—and in many ways.
You may not give much thought to the medical field in Western North Carolina unless you or a loved one are sick. But the local medical industry should not be taken for granted—it has a large financial impact throughout the region. Consider the following data from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Coalition for the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which consists of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison counties:
+ Healthcare and Social Assistance is the largest major industry in the Asheville metro. It is considered a key economic driver in the area, along with steady population growth, manufacturing, and tourism.
+ With over 34,000 employed as of 2018, the industry grew 28%, 2008-2018; 16%, 2013-2018; 4%, 2016-2018.
+ There are approximately 1,400 establishments in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry with overall growth of 232 establishments since 2008.
+ The regional industry overall pays higher average earnings per job ($62,055) in the region as compared to the state ($56,778) and nation ($60,726). This also has a notable impact for our area.
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