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Labor Force

In today's world, access to talent is a key driver in business growth decisions. With a primary core talent pool that shows year-over-year growth (see below), the Region's employers benefit from an extended talent pool of over 700,000. Complemented by training providers who understand business needs, the MPA's workforce story is a driver for business locations.

Community Labor Force (5/2019) Unemployment Rate (8/2018) Labor Force (2018) Unemployment Rate (2018) Labor Force Participation Mean Travel Time to Work
Essex 5,457 3.5% 5,493 3.9% 62.4% 35
Gloucester 19,719 2.7% 19,445 2.7% 61.2% 33
King & Queen 3,943 2.9% 3,849 3.0% 56.7% 35
King William 9,123 2.6% 9,004 2.9% 66.6% 37
Mathews 4,169 2.9% 4,111 3.0% 55.1% 33
Middlesex 5,340 2.5% 5,258 2.6% 50.3% 31
Region 47,751 2.8% 47,160 2.9% 60.0% 34

Source: Virginia Employment Commission,  Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 7/2019;  U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Underemployment)