Business & Economic Development

Prepared for Tarboro's Productivity

Tarboro, North Carolina’s labor force is prepared through strong secondary schools, a business-focused community college and area universities and colleges. The make-up of the labor force is diverse, including skilled office, technical, health care, manufacturing and distribution workers, and professional employees.

Labor Force

  • Edgecombe County   25,338
  • Rocky Mount MSA Population   143,063
  • Recruiting Area Population   239,772
  • MSM Civilian Force   68,958
  • North Carolina is a right-to-work state.
  • Tarboro, North Carolina is served Edgecombe County Public School System (, as well as several private and parochial schools in the area.  Tarboro is also home to Edgecombe County's first K-12 NC public charter school. North East Carolina Prep School has a current enrolloment over 800 students with projections for continued growth. For more information visit
  • Edgecombe Community College has Tarboro and Rocky Mount campuses offering technical skill training, two-year college transfer, two-year technical, one-year vocation, short term certificate and a continuing education program.
  • ECC offers special, customized programs to meet the industrial and business training needs of area employers at little or no cost to the companies.
  • East Carolina University, NC’s third largest and fastest growing university, is located 25 miles away in Greenville and offers 103 undergraduate degree tracks and 96 graduate-level programs. The Schools and Colleges include the Brody School of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Technology and Computer Science, Health and Human Performance, Human Ecology, Allied Health Sciences and Nursing.
  • NC Wesleyan College is a four-year coeducational liberal arts college located in nearby Rocky Mount and offering a full curriculum of undergraduate programs as well as educational opportunities for residential, commuting and adult students.
  • Barton College in nearby Wilson offers over 40 majors and programs. Its academic schools include Arts and Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education and Nursing.

For more information, please contact:
The Carolinas Gateway Partnership, Inc.