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Workforce Talent

The Roanoke Region's workforce represents a range of talent combined with top-quality training. Our labor draw extends far beyond the boundaries of the region, attracting workers from areas within a 60-mile radius. That means the total labor supply consists of more than 300,000 people. And, with a high concentration of colleges and universities and training programs, new highly-skilled people are joining the workforce all the time. It's no wonder why businesses from all over the world choose the Roanoke Region for business.

General Information:

  • Roanoke Region employers draw from a labor supply of more than 300,000 workers within 60-mile radius.
  • Low unionization and practically non-existent work disruptions due to labor disputes. Virginia is a right-to-work state.
  • Consistently low absenteeism
  • With more than 6,000 high school, 2,400 community college, and 15,000 4-year college graduates annually, highly educated and skilled workers are constantly entering the labor force.
  • Twenty-five colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius and more than 100,000 students pursuing degrees.
  • Six universities have masters programs in subjects including business administration, mathematics, engineering, and medicine.
  • Three universities offer doctorate programs in various fields including science and mathematics, economics, medicine, and law.
  • As a leader in high tech research, innovation, and development, Virginia Tech is educating students in new technology and information fields.
  • Nationally recognized workforce training and retraining programs and training facilities available.

Labor Supply

Companies in the Roanoke Region draw from over 300,000 workers within a 60-mile radius. Workers in the area are educated, skilled, and productive. And with 25 colleges and more than 100,000 students pursuing degrees in the region, new members of the workforce bring the skills and knowledge needed for industries in the 21st century.

The Roanoke Region labor supply includes the immediate region as well as Bedford City and County, Lexington, Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Floyd County, Martinsville, Patrick County, and Henry County.

Labor Draw Area

  • Labor Supply: 344,436
  • Total Unemployed Persons (4/17): 13,112
  • Unemployment Rate (4/17): 3.8%
  • Underemployed Rate (12/16): 10.1%*
  • Annual High School Graduates: 6,900
  • Annual Two-year Degree Graduates: 3,000
  • Annual 4-Year Degree & Higher Graduates: 26,500
  • Absenteeism: 2.8%
Alleghany Highlands Submarket (4/17)
 
Labor Force:  73,474
Unemployed: 3,105
Unemployment Rate:  4.2%

The Alleghany Highlands labor force area consists of the cities of Buena Vista, Covington and Lexington; the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig and Rockbridge, and the West Virginia counties of Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas.

Franklin County Submarket (4/17)
 
Labor Force:  272,248
Unemployed:  10,820
Unemployment Rate:  4.0%

The Franklin County labor force area consists of the cities of Bedford, Martinsville, Roanoke and Salem; the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Roanoke, and the North Carolina county of Rockingham.

Roanoke MSA Educational Attainment 

Testimony to the well-educated workforce is more than half of the region's population over the age 25 has at least some college education. More than a third has either an associate's degree or bachelor's degree, or both.

  • Total High School Diploma/GED: 89.0%
  • At least some college: 22.6%
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree: 25.9%
  • Graduate/Professional Degree: 9.9%

Occupation Distribution 

Workers are distributed among a diversity of occupations. The Virginia Employment Commission estimates more than 22,000 jobs will be created between 2010 and 2020, which means an increase in skilled job seekers and businesses seeking workers.

Occupation Title

2010

2020

Diff.

Total

163,520

185,868

13.7%

Office, Administrative support

27,893

30,340

8.8%

Sales related

17,825

20,046

12..5%

Food prep and Serving related

13,865

15,950

15.0%

Transportation and Material Moving

12,294

14,225

15.7%

Production

12,215

12,893

5.6%

Healthcare Practioners and Technical

11,629

13,657

17.4%

Construction and Extraction

18,208

9,357

14.0%

Education, Training and Library

8,121

9,058

11.5%

Installation, Maintenance, Repair

7,627

8,749

14.7%

Business and Financial

6,763

7,874

16.4%

Management

6,588

7,027

6.7%

Healthcare Support

5,118

6,391

24.9%

Personal Care and Service

4,852

6,210

28.0%

Building& Grounds Cleaning, Maintenance

4,790

5,450

13.8%

Protective Service Occupations

3,833

4,311

12.5%

Computer and Mathematical

3,176

4,021

26.6%

Community and Social Services

2,962

3,832

29.4%

Arts, Design, Sports, Media

2,205

2,489

12.9%

Architecture and Engineering

1,809

1,978

9.3%

Legal

957

1,124

17.5%

Life, Physical, and Social Science

593

678

14.3%

Farming, Fishing, Forestry

197

208

5.6%

 Source: VEC, Industry and Occupational Projections, 2010-2020.

 

Labor Draw Area

The Roanoke Region features a labor supply of over 300,000 in a 60-mile radius. Read More

Wage Data

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