Virginia's workforce is readily recruitable, highly productive and comes with the benefits of strong work ethic and moderate cost. With a population of 8.1 million and a workforce of 4.2 million, Virginia successfully supports the state's substantial industry base. Our workforce participants are constantly updating their labor skills and looking for opportunities to apply their talents to new companies choosing Virginia. Growing faster than the national average, our workforce stands ready to fulfill present and future industry needs.
- Virginia is a right-to-work state
- At 5.5%, Virginia has the fifth lowest unionization
rate in the country and one of the lowest unionization rates in the private sector
- With over 5.4 million people in the 16-64 age range, Virginia ranks 12th in the nation for prime working population as a percentage of total population.
- On average, 18,000 military personnel separate
from the armed services in Virginia annually, adding a skilled, disciplined
supply of potential recruits to the state’s labor supply.
- More than 475,000 students are enrolled in over 100
in-state institutions of higher education.
- Virginia employs more than 21,000 doctoral scientists and engineers, one of the highest concentrations in the nation.
- The Virginia
Community College System, through its 23 colleges, provides occupational
and technical training programs, many of which have been designed specifically
to meet the needs of nearby industries.
For more in-depth labor market information in Virginia,
or comprehensive job matching services between job seekers and employers, please
visit the Virginia Workforce