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 730,000. 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 6.6% employment growth (+14,897 people) between 2013 and 2017.
Race & EthnicityAge Group Distribution Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey (five-year estimates).
Labor Force Summary
|Community||Labor Force||Unemployment Rate|
|City of Colonial Heights||8,849||4.1%|
|City of Hopewell||9,931||6.1%|
|City of Petersburg||13,392||7.3%|
|Prince George County||15,149||4.4%|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics and Current Population Survey, 2017 annual data (not seasonally adjusted).
Unemployment RatesSource: 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|
|Workforce Draw Area||6,437||10,410||3,865||20,712|
Source: JobsEQ, 2016-2017 Academic Year.
Employment by IndustrySource: 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)||106,147||$49,944||$50,785|
|Retail Trade (44)||78,331||$28,476||$31,859|
|Educational Services (61)||65,702||$43,118||$49,657|
|Accommodation and Food Services (72)||63,781||$18,186||$21,489|
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (56)||51,376||$36,823||$39,293|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (54)||47,629||$80,676||$92,237|
Source: JobsEQ, Second Quarter of 2018 (preliminary estimates excluded).
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|
|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.