The workforce is the bedrock of our communities. Described as hardworking, adaptable and loyal, the traditional agricultural work ethic is carried on by those now working for manufacturers, distribution centers, and by those in the professional, scientific, and technical service industries.
Virginia is a right-to-work state. At 5.4%, Virginia has the 9th lowest unionization rate in the country (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015). On average, wages are lower than or competitive with similar markets in other areas of the country.
Labor Force: 27,983 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014)
Labor Force within 50 Miles: 347,017 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014)
Labor Force Growth: 7.7% from 2004-2014 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)
83.6% of adults 25 and older have a high school diploma or higher (American Community Survey, 2014)
The workforce in these industries is in particularly strong supply in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA:
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Packers and Packagers, Hand
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
what our employers say
Here’s what some Washington County employers have to say about our workforce.
“They have an exceptional work ethic.”
“They’re experienced. “
“They’re talented and smart – they can figure out complicated challenges.”
“These people want to work.”
“They have a strong moral ethic.”