With its proximity to the significant number of universities, colleges and trade schools in the area, Holly Springs has access to a tremendous number of people with a wide range of skills, talents and education.
A 15-mile radius around downtown Holly Springs stretches to downtown Raleigh in the northeast, up through Apex, Cary and Morrisville all the way to the southern section of the Research Triangle Park in the north, into Chatham and Lee counties in the west, down to Harnett County in the south and over to Garner in the east. This 15-mile radius—which would be considered a very reasonable commute—represents a population of 350,000 people and a total civilian labor force of near 180,000.
In April 2014, the North Carolina Employment Security Commission reported that Holly Springs has 13,573 residents in its workforce. Of those, 13,095 were working and only 478 were unemployed. The unemployment rate for Holly Springs was 3.5 percent, much lower than the unemployment rate for Wake County at 5.3 percent. North Carolina is a right-to-work state and has one of the lowest unionization rates in the nation.