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Employment Markets Shared by Catawba and Charlotte in the Carolinas

Updated on August 28, 2020
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Catawba River as seen at River Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina
Catawba River as seen at River Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina | Source

The Carolinas Share Job Markets

Charlotte, North Carolina is the largest city in or near the Catawba Region of South Carolina. the city enjoys the largest numbers of jobs advertised as accessible to the towns in its southern neighbor, especially Rock Hill. Rock Hill serves as a suburb to Charlotte.

In descending numbers of jobs advertised, the major market cities for business and employment in this area of the Carolinas encompasses:

  • Charlotte NC
  • Rock Hill SC - About 27 miles southwest of Charlotte, per Google Maps.
  • Matthews NC and Fort Mill SC - About 12 and 18 miles south of Charlotte. These two towns have equal numbers of advertisements for employment.
  • Pineville NC - Approximately 10 miles southwest of Charlotte.
  • Gastonia NC - About 24 miles west of Charlotte.

Job Market for Rock Hill, South Carolina

Charlotte NC:
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Rock Hill SC:
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Matthews NC:
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Fort Mill SC:
Fort Mill, SC, USA

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Pineville NC:
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(South Carolina also has a Pineville, with far fewer jobs.)

Gastonia NC:
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Most Advertised of the Jobs

Rock Hill SC is located in the center of a great meny job openings within a 25-mile radius, including posted openings south and north of the town. The job titles most often advertised from 2014 and into 2015, according to my job vacancy aggregators, are these:

  1. Registered Nurses - RN and NP licenses
  2. Project Managers - Mostly IT related.
  3. Harris Teeter grocery jobs
  4. Retail Salespeople
  5. Java Developers
  6. Managers and Assistant Managers, various industries
  7. Business Analysts (IT)
  8. Housekeepers (Hotels, healthcare facilities, and private residences)
  9. Certified Auto Mechanics/Technicians
  10. Account Executives (Big-ticket sales, investments and financial products)

Long-Term Employment Projections

The largest numbers of job openings through 2020 for the Catawba Region, according to the South Carolina Depatment of Labor include the following jobs:

  1. Cashiers, including grocery cashiers
  2. Retail Salespersons
  3. Food Service Workers
  4. Laborers and Freight Handlers
  5. Childcare Workers
  6. Customer Service Representatives
  7. Accounts Collectors
  8. Wait Staff
  9. Retail Sales Supervisors,
  10. Registered Nurses - RNs and Nurse Practitioners

The Top Industries to provide new jobs through the next decade are estimated to be:

  • Travel and Accommodations (Tourism)
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Postal Services

South Carolina does a big business in Tourism. Yet, the Top Industries projections are somewhat of a surprise in that SImplyHired as a job posting aggregator shows over 42,000 job openings, with about 7,000 in IT/High Tech alone. Information Technology will likely continue to be a source for jobs throughout the 21st century. In early 2015, over 5,000 of the jobs listed were involved in Healthcare and these also should continue to increase.

Top 10 Employers in Catawba and Rock Hill

  1. Greenville Hospital System: Healthcare
  2. Medical University Hospital Authority: Healthcare
  3. Roper Hospital Inc.: Healthcare
  4. Exxon Mobil: Gas and oil.
  5. ConocoPhillips: Gas and oil.
  6. General Electric: Energy.
  7. Citigroup: Financial products and services.
  8. Bank of America: Financial products and services.
  9. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.: Financial products and services.
  10. Berkshire Hathaway : Construction materials manufacturing.

Higher Education in Catawba Region

  • Clinton Junior College: 1029 Crawford Road, Rock Hill SC 29730.
  • University of South Carolina at Lancaster: 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster SC 29720.
  • Winthrop University: 701 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill SC 29733.
  • York Technical College: 452 S Anderson Road, Rock Hill SC 29730.

Rock Hill Video Tour

Development of the Catawba River Basin Area

York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties in South Carolina combine to form the Catawba labor market region. The City of Catawba is located in York County at the northern borderlands of the state and is the center of commerce and government for this region.

The Catawba Indian tribe or Native American Nation lived in the northern parts of South Carolina for approximately 8,000 years before European settlers arrived. Their name is that of the Catawba River (the official State Scenic River) that flows from North to South Carolina and is enjoyed for whitewater rafting.

The river is also used to produce alternative energy in hydroelectricity. Catawba is also a species of grape. Dozens of fish, reptiles, birds, and amphibian species, as well as other animals and many plants live along the Catawba River Corridor, 30 miles wide.

Catawba Nation, Languages, and Grapes

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Catawba Reservation, east of Highway I-77

Catawba Reservation:
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Catawba Nation Background and Progress

The Catawba Nation lives today on nearly 700 acres of land comprising a reservation in Rock Hill. In 1840 the State of South Carolina assured Catawba Nation that it would pay them cash and provide a US Reservation, if they gave up their lands. Unfortunately, the state then sold some of the land and gave the Catawba nothing.

Catawba Nation split Part migrated to North Carolina and part moved westward with Cherokee Nation. However, Catawba people did return to South Carolina to purchase 640 acres with their own money from the state in 1850. IN this way, the state profited from selling Catawba lands twice.

In 1973, Catawba Nation became a registered non-profit corporation and received US Federal recognition twenty years later in 1993. It also received $50 Million for 144,000 acres in York County that they had previously owned.

The town of Rock Hill is now known for the reservation and for Carowinds Amusement Park, which hires seasonally. In addition, the town's alternative energy companies hire year round. Money Magazine named Rock Hill one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America for 2006 and the town has remained in the top hundred names.

  • Catawba Nation Sanitation is licensed to pump septic systems in homes in York County and Lancaster County. Phone 803-417-3308.
  • Catawba Nation people offer 35 tribal member-owned businesses.
  • Catawba Transit Service. Low rates for residents of York County, especially for work, school, and doctor's appointments..

Additional Attractions

Local Whitewater Rafting Activities

  • Catawba River Facts

    South Carolina Whitewater - Catawba River; Chester, Lancaster County.

  • Welcome — Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

    The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) advocates for and secures protection and enhancement of the Catawba River, its lakes, tributaries and watershed so that it will always sustain the human and wildlife populations that depend on it for life.

Unique Local History Attraction of the Revolutionary War
Unique Local History Attraction of the Revolutionary War | Source

Kings Mountain National Military Park

In the Catawba Region, this military park is a National Protected Area and a tribute to a unique Revolutionary War battle of 1780. It was fought entirely by Americans against Americans, except for one British Major, who became a Colonel on the battlefield.

Some of the American soldiers in this battle remained loyal to the British Crown and King George, while others gathered to become the Colonial Patriots under the Declaration of Independence.

This military park is also important, because the soldiers that fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain were very young, many aged 10 and a bit older, but also including adults. This park is the terminus of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail along the path of the Colonial Patriot Army as they marched from the mountains in the north north to the Battle of Kings Mountain.

See information about special programs at Kings Mountain Military Park.

Kings Mountain:
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King's Mountain National Military Park

King's Mountain National Military Park:
Kings Mountain National Military Park, 2625 Park Rd, Blacksburg, SC 29702, USA

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Rock Hill SC:
Rock Hill, SC, USA

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Reference point for location.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS


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