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Employment and Occupational Information in Virginia



Snapshot of Employment in Virginia in 2010
3,527,350
Total Employment
7.50 %
Unemployment Rate
$47,840
Average Annual Salary
  • #8 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages growth from the previous year.

  • #10 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages.

  • #11 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment growth from the previous year.

  • #12 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate.

  • #12 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment.

  • #14 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among women.

  • #14 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #14 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among men.

  • #14 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #16 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #14 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #18 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #14 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

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Total Employment for Virginia in 2010
Figure 1. Total Employment
Total Employment by Gender for Virginia in 2010
Figure 2. Employment by Gender
Employment Percent Change for Virginia in 2010 Figure 3. Employment Percent Change
Unemployment Rate for Virginia in 2010 Figure 4. Unemployment Rate
Percent of Civilian Population (16 and above) in Employment in Virginia in 2010 Figure 5. Percentage of Civilian Population in Employment


Virginia
United States
Total Employment
3,527,350
127,097,160
Total Employment Amount Change from 2009 to 2010
-62,170
-3,550,450
Total Employment Percent Change from 2009 to 2010
-0.02 %
-0.03 %
Percent of Women Employed
57.90 %
53.60 %
Percent of Men Employed
67.60 %
58.50 %
Unemployment Rate
7.50 %
9.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Women
6.70 %
8.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Men
8.20 %
10.50 %
Table 1. Employment Information for Virginia


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Salary Information for Virginia
Annual Salary Distribution for Virginia in 2010 Figure 6. Annual Salary Distribution
Hourly Wage Distribution for Virginia in 2010 Figure 7. Hourly Wage Distribution
Average Annual Salary for Virginia in 2010 Figure 8. Average Annual Salary
Average Hourly Wage for Virginia in 2010 Figure 9. Average Hourly Wage
Wage Increase Percent for Virginia in 2010 Figure 10. Average Annual Wage Percent Change


Virginia
United States
Average Annual Salary
$47,840
$44,410
Average Hourly Wage
$23
$21.35
Average Annual Salary Change from 2009 to 2010
0.03 %
0.02 %
Table 2. Salary Information for Virginia


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VIEW ALL VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONS HERE
HIGHEST PAYING OCCUPATIONS
1. Management Occupations: $115,320
2. Legal Occupations: $96,810
3. Computer and Mathematical Occupations: $88,730
4. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: $78,750
5. Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations: $77,130
Table 3. Highest Paying Virginia Occupations

FASTEST GROWING SALARIES
1. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: 0.06 %
2. Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations: 0.05 %
3. Management Occupations: 0.04 %
4. Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations: 0.03 %
5. Sales and Related Occupations: 0.03 %
Table 4. Virginia Occupations with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR OCCUPATIONS
1. Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 15.55 %
2. Sales and Related Occupations: 10.30 %
3. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: 8.36 %
4. Education, Training, and Library Occupations: 6.59 %
5. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 6.56 %
Table 5. Popular Virginia Occupations
(Percentage of Total Employment for the State)
FASTEST GROWING EMPLOYMENT
1. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: 0.09 %
2. Management Occupations: 0.08 %
3. Community and Social Service Occupations: 0.04 %
4. Personal Care and Service Occupations: 0.03 %
5. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 0.03 %
Table 6. Virginia Occupations with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Virginia Metro Areas Information


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HIGHEST PAYING METRO AREAS
1. Charlottesville, VA: $45,340
2. Richmond, VA: $44,540
3. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: $41,440
4. Winchester, VA: $40,090
5. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA: $38,630
Table 7. Metro Areas with the Highest Salaries

METRO AREAS WITH FASTEST GROWING WAGES
1. Harrisonburg, VA: 0.04 %
2. Charlottesville, VA: 0.04 %
3. Danville, VA: 0.03 %
4. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: 0.03 %
5. Roanoke, VA: 0.03 %
Table 8. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR METRO AREAS
1. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: 715,230
2. Richmond, VA: 582,040
3. Roanoke, VA: 147,380
4. Lynchburg, VA: 97,650
5. Charlottesville, VA: 90,270
Table 9. Metro Areas with Highest Employment
FASTEST GROWING METRO AREAS
1. Harrisonburg, VA: -0.02 %
2. Richmond, VA: -0.02 %
3. Lynchburg, VA: -0.02 %
4. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: -0.03 %
5. Winchester, VA: -0.03 %
Table 10. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Virginia Business Statistics Information
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: 30,306
2. Richmond, VA : 26,127
3. Roanoke, VA : 7,222
4. Lynchburg, VA : 5,512
5. Charlottesville, VA : 5,267
Table 11. Metro Areas with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS
1. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: 1.28
2. Richmond, VA : 1.23
3. Roanoke, VA : 1.18
4. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA : 1.17
5. Lynchburg, VA : 1.14
Table 12. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Establishments Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: 21.01
2. Richmond, VA : 20.35
3. Roanoke, VA : 20.24
4. Harrisonburg, VA : 19.44
5. Lynchburg, VA : 18.03
Table 13. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Richmond, VA : $876,986
2. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA: $735,092
3. Roanoke, VA : $701,258
4. Lynchburg, VA : $623,064
5. Winchester, VA: $610,958
Table 14. Metro Areas with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Virginia Industry Business Statistics Information
LARGEST EMPLOYMENT
1. Retail trade: 13.62%
2. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 12.33%
3. Health care and social assistance: 11.94%
4. Accommodation and food services: 9.8%
5. Manufacturing: 8.71%
Table 15. Local Industries with the Largest Employment (2008)
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 24,488
2. Construction: 23,554
3. Other services (except public administration): 19,621
4. Retail trade: 17,213
5. Health care and social assistance: 13,861
Table 16. Local Industries with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Utilities: 159.35
2. Management of companies and enterprises: 70.99
3. Manufacturing: 53.24
4. Information: 52.11
5. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: 51.06
Table 17. Local Industries with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Utilities: $14,584,010
2. Management of companies and enterprises: $6,122,108
3. Information: $3,875,313
4. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: $2,886,158
5. Manufacturing: $2,434,474
Table 18. Local Industries with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Further Information on Employment and Occupations in Virginia


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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce


VIRGINIA METRO AREAS


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