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Talent Profile

With an excellent highway system and an area commute averaging 25 minutes for as many miles, companies in the Gateway Region have access to a labor force of more than 754,000. This workforce pool is well-prepared and sourced from the entire Richmond MSA, parts of the Hampton Roads MSA and graduates from universities and colleges around Virginia. The diverse economy and strong employer base create a stable economic and workforce environment locally relative to the nation as a whole. Wages are lower than the national average and growing as a result of investment from new and existing businesses, resulting in a 7.3% employment growth (+ 16,500 people) during the last five years.


Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

Age Group Distribution
Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013–2017 American Community Survey (five-year estimates).

Workforce profile

Labor Force Summary 

 Community Labor Force Unemployment Rate
City of Colonial Heights 8,779 3.3%
City of Hopewell 9,703 4.8%
City of Petersburg 13,120 6.1%
Dinwiddie County 13,470 3.5%
Prince George County 14,955 3.6%
Surry County 3,716 3.5%
Sussex County 3,822 4.9%
Gateway Region 251,999 3.3%
Virginia 4,331,380 3.0%
United States 162,075,000 3.9%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics and Current Population Survey, 2018 annual data  (not seasonally adjusted).

Unemployment Rates

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics and Current Population Survey, 2013–2017 annual data (not seasonally adjusted).

Graduates Entering Workforce 

Area Certificates and 2‑Year Degrees 4‑Year Degrees Post-Graduate Degrees Total Higher Education Degrees
Gateway Region 2,563 867 114 3,544
Workforce Draw Area 6,437 10,410 3,865 20,712

Source: JobsEQ, 2016–2017 Academic Year — updated 2019.

Employment by Industry

Source: JobsEQ, Second Quarter of 2018 (preliminary estimates excluded).

Top Industries Employment & Wages 

Industry (NAICS) Workforce Area Employment Average Annual Wages National Average Annual Wages
Health Care and Social Assistance (62) 108,314 $51,567 $52,475
Retail Trade (44) 77,138 $29,245 $33,013
Educational Services (61) 66,065 $43,385 $51,005
Accommodation and Food Services (72) 64,465 $18,944 $22,335
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (56) 52,424 $37,882 $40,794
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (54) 48,170 $81,574 $95,749
Construction (23) 47,356 $53,961 $59,438

Source: JobsEQ, Data as of Second Quarter of 2019, four-quarter moving average.

Annual Exiting Military in Workforce Draw Area

Occupation (Standard Occupation Code) Average Annual Exits
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers (43–5081) 53
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria (35–2012) 45
Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers (49–1011) 40
Logisticians (13–1081) 36
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (49–3023) 33
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians (49–3011) 29
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers (53–7072) 24
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer (53–3032) 21
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (29–2041) 18
HR Assistants, Except Payroll & Timekeeping (43–4161) 17
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other (39–9099) 15
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Workers (49–9099) 15
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters (47–5031) 14
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers (33–3051) 13
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines (49–3042) 11
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers (11–3071) 8
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers (49–2021) 7
Interpreters and Translators (27–3091) 4
Industrial Machinery Mechanics (49–9041) 4
Communications Equipment Operators, All Other (43–2099) 3
Total, Including All other 651

Source: JobsEQ, Fiscal Year 2016–17 — updated 2019.