Rocky Mount employment seeing steady growth – Rocky Mount Telegram

Some uptick is happening within the local economy.

While Rocky Mount’s unemployment rate has ranked among the highest of metropolitan cities in the state, numbers released by the N.C. Department of Commerce said Rocky Mount total area employment grew 7.2 percent since August 2014, the second fastest rate of growth among metropolitan areas in the state.

Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs was excited to hear about change going on within the current local economic climate.

“I was happy to learn about the recent employment growth we are experiencing in Rocky Mount,” Combs said. “We are now seeing the fruits of our labor in working to create a positive shift in the economy. I am also optimistic that more positives will soon come with the enlarged campus of Southern Bank downtown, as well as the arrival of companies like Buffalo Wild Wings and the new Italian Company Nutkao.” (Source: Read more)

Rocky Mount makes ‘easy places to hire’ list – Rocky Mount Telegram

Unemployment numbers in the Twin Counties have long been a sore subject, but a recent report suggests the talent here makes the area a prime spot for businesses looking to hire., an online career network that connects job seekers with employers, highlighted Rocky Mount’s potential economic development in its list of the “top 50 easiest places to make a hire.”

Rocky Mount was ranked No. 7 among the top 10 metropolitan cities in the country. According to the report, Rocky Mount’s cost of living is 13 percent below the national average and the average salary in the area is $36,000. (Source: Read more)