State of business in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce released its Economic Development Report Tuesday, and it shows a much more diverse workforce and industry base than in years past.

The report was part of The Chamber's annual State of the Economy Luncheon and shares interesting facts like, 20% more workers commute into Forsyth County than in years past.

The report also says healthcare is the leading employer as opposed to manufacturing which held more than 40% of the county's jobs in the mid 1970's.

Prepared by the Chamber's Research Department, the report is meant to help business leaders get a better understanding of the changing customer and employee base in Forsyth County.

"The report takes a brief glimpse back at the history of local commerce. We show ways in which our economy and our community have been changing," Chamber President Gayle Anderson said.

The report says non-traditional households, homes with unmarried same-sex or male/female couples has grown by nearly 55%.

It also says the Hispanic population in Forsyth County has grown by 113% since 2000.

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