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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 (12/2019) Unemployment Rate (12/2018) Labor Force (2018) Unemployment Rate (2018) Labor Force Participation Mean Travel Time to Work
Essex 5,531 3.3% 5,493 3.9% 61.3% 37
Gloucester 19,836 2.2% 19,445 2.7% 60.2% 34
King & Queen 4,079 2.3% 3,849 3.0% 55.7% 34
King William 9,336 2.4% 9,004 2.9% 65.1% 38
Mathews 4,178 2.3% 4,111 3.0% 50.9% 35
Middlesex 5,356 2.3% 5,258 2.6% 48.9% 30
Region 48,316 2.4% 47,160 2.9% 58.5% 35

Source: Virginia Employment Commission, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 3/2020; U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates