Over 160,000 people reside in the county and the residents are equally proud of their extremely low unemployment rate of just 4% (as of February 2003). Well over half of the workforce is employed in professional jobs, with much of that success contributed by the superior training and education received by residents. Home to eight industrial parks, the county has seen a dramatic increase in its manufacturing in recent years.

Over 125 manufacturing companies are located in the county ranging from small to large corporations. ConAgra Poultry Co., Inc, Herman Miller, Kingway Material Handling, and ERB Industries, Inc. are the largest contributors to the county's workforce. Agriculture plays a large role in the economy as over 470 farms across 33,500 acres provide a valuable resource to Cherokee County.

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