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.

General Engineering worker

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)

Universal Fibers employee

The workforce in these industries is in particularly strong supply in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA:

Avionics Technicians

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders

Team Assemblers

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

Appalachian Cast Products employee sorting

Here’s what some Washington County employers have to say about our workforce.

“They’re resourceful.”

“They have an exceptional work ethic.”

“They’re experienced. “

“They’re hard-working.”

“They’re talented and smart – they can figure out complicated challenges.”

“These people want to work.”

“They have a strong moral ethic.”

Contact Us

  • Whitney Bonham
    Whitney BonhamDirector of Economic Development and Community Relations
    Tel. 276-525-1300