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.
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||8,779||3.3%|
|City of Hopewell||9,703||4.8%|
|City of Petersburg||13,120||6.1%|
|Prince George County||14,955||3.6%|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics and Current Population Survey, 2018 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 – updated 2019.
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)||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|
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|
|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.