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Virginia Employment Profile
A Mid-Atlantic state with a rich history, Virginia is in the middle of significant demographic changes. The D.C. metro area continues to expand into northern Virginia, as indicated by the fact that Virginia has been the top state for U.S. Department of Defense contracts since 2009. Virginia has a highly educated workforce that is attractive to high-growth industries, including healthcare, biosciences, cyber security and energy. Although federal spending has a large impact on Virginia’s overall economic health, a strong foundation in agriculture and forestry, as well as a strong infrastructure, put it in a good position for the years to come. (Source: Virginia Secretary of Office and Trade and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
The latest employment scorecard for the Commonwealth of Virginia for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Virginia has a strong employment scorecard. The labor force increased 1.84 percent, the labor force participation rate increased by 0.8 percent to a healthy 65.6 percent, and the unemployment rate decreased 0.3 percent to a very good 3.8 percent. Each metric moved in a positive direction You can view what jobs are available in Virginia, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.
View more Virginia demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the Commonwealth of Virginia below. More employment information for the Commonwealth of Virginia and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.
Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by professional and technical services; retail trade; health care and social assistance; and accommodation and food services, respectively.
The largest employers in the state (as of December 2013) include the U.S. Department of Defense, Wal-Mart, Fairfax County Public Schools, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., Sentara Healthcare, Food Lion, U.S. Postal Service, County of Fairfax, HCA Virginia Health System and U.S. Department of Homeland Defense. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)
Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)
INF% decrease since 2000 census.
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