Cost of Doing Business

A Profitable Location for Your Business

Newport News is home to a stable, strong and diverse economy. With a favorable labor climate and a highly productive work force, businesses will find that the so-called “hidden” costs of labor are low for companies located in Newport News. Workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and fringe benefit costs are a pleasant surprise in Newport News—not an unwelcome nightmare.

  • Virginia is a “loss cost” state with respect to worker’s compensation.
  • Virginia’s workers’ compensation rates are among the lowest in all fifty states.
  • In a study of 44 states by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Virginia had the lowest frequency of injury claims.
  • Factors contributing to Virginia’s favorable worker’s compensation rating include a restrictive definition of compensable injury, a seven-day waiting period for disability benefits, a cap of 500 weeks on all benefits other than total permanent disability, a low rate of attorney involvement, and a user-friendly dispute resolution process.
  • Virginia has the lowest unemployment insurance rate in the nation.
  • Because unions are weak in the Newport News area, employers determine the level of fringe benefits paid to their workers.

When examining your firm’s labor costs, consider the whole picture and you will find that Newport News stands out as a place where business can be profitable.

Economy

State Business Tax Climate Index, 2018

Virginia
4.92
Michigan
5.64
Idaho
5.22
Kentucky
4.91
Mississippi
5.13
Illinois
4.99
South Carolina
4.67
Georgia
4.69
Pennsylvania
5.08
United States
5.00
Alabama
4.79
Massachusetts
5.20
Arizona
5.21
Louisiana
4.37
West Virginia
5.33
District of Columbia
4.20
North Carolina
5.76
Rhode Island
4.67
Minnesota
4.21
Maryland
4.36
Iowa
4.53
Ohio
4.24
Connecticut
4.32
New Jersey
3.35
California
3.71
New York
3.60
Note: The higher the score, the more favorable a state’s tax system is for business.
Source: Tax Foundation

 

Forbes.com: “The Best States for Business”

“Virginia remains an excellent location for new or existing businesses. It has the best regulatory environment by our count, thanks to the second-best incentive programs in the country—as well as the fifth best tort atmosphere. Other high points include energy costs 30% below the national average and an educated labor force fueled by its proximity to Washington, D.C., and top colleges like the University of Virginia and William and Mary.” “Our rankings measure states on six main areas of importance: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Business costs are weighted the most…. We look at a total of 32 data points to compile rankings of the six main categories.”  

Cost Comparison: Newport News, Virginia and Selected Large Cities

WAGES*

 
in Newport News are:
• 40% lower than in San Jose, CA • 31% lower than in Boston • 18% lower than in Chicago • 12% lower than in Atlanta
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2009 *Average annual pay for all covered workers, 2009
CONTRUCTION COSTS
in Newport News are:
• 35.1% lower than in New York City • 33.9% Lower than in Long Island • 24.5% lower than in Philadelphia • 12.4% lower than in Washington, DC • 3.5% lower than in Atlanta
Source: RS Means Building Construction Cost Data Book, 2013
HOUSING COSTS
in Newport News are:
• 70% lower than in New York City • 56% lower than in San Francisco • 45% lower than in Washington, DC • 15% lower than in Boston • 9% lower than in Chicago
Source: 2009 ACCRA Cost of Living Index, The Council for Community and Economic Research
HEALTH CARE COSTS
in Newport News are:
• 14% lower than in Boston • 16% lower than in New York City • 6% lower than in San Francisco • 1% lower than in Philadelphia
Source: 2009 ACCRA Cost of Living Index, The Council for Community and Economic Research
OVERALL COST OF LIVING
in Newport News is:
• 50% lower than in New York City • 33% lower than in San Francisco • 20% lower than in Washington, DC • 15% lower than in Boston • 10% lower than in Philadelphia
Source: 2009 ACCRA Cost of Living Index, The Council for Community and Economic Research

Workers’ Compensation, Selected States, 2015

 
per $100 Payroll
Ohio
$.88
Montana
$2.17
Vermont
$1.84
California
$1.97
Oklahoma
$1.73
Illinois
$1.34
Connecticut
$1.24
New Jersey
$1.49
Texas
$.67
New York
$1.47
Tennessee
$.95
New Hampshire
$1.18
South Carolina
$1.72
Georgia
$1.11
U.S. Average
$1.29
Louisiana
$1.39
Alabama
$1.13
Pennsylvania
$1.47
Rhode Island
$1.13
Kentucky
$1.40
North Carolina
$1.12
Mississippi
$1.42
Florida
$1.32
Idaho
$1.70
Maryland
$.73
Michigan
$.93
Oregon
$1.02
Massachusetts
$.93
VIRGINIA
$.77
Indiana
$1.57
Arkansas
$.83
Source: VEDP/NASI

Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates, 2017

Oregon
2.6%
Rhode Island
2.27%
Massachusetts
1.87%
Michigan
2.7%
Pennsylvania
3.68%
New Jersey
2.8%
Connecticut
4.3%
West Virginia
2.7%
Kentucky
2.7%
California
3.4%
Vermont
1.0%
Maryland
2.6%
Florida
2.7%
New York
3.4%
Tennessee
2.7%
Illinois
3.55%
North Carolina
1.0%
Ohio
2.7%
Texas
2.7%
Alabama
2.7%
South Carolina
1.39%
Georgia
2.62%
Mississippi
1.0%
VIRGINIA
2.57%
New Hampshire
1.7%
Source: US Dept. of Labor
 
 

Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates for Employers in Virginia, 2018

Minimum
0.11% of First $8,000
Maximum
6.21% of First $8,000
New Employer
2.51% of First $8,000
Out of State Construction Contractors (1st 3 yrs)
6.21% of First $8,000
Pool Tax
0.53%
Fund Building Tax
0.20%
Virginia Average Unemployment Insurance Employer Cost
0.31% of Total Wages
Source: Virginia Employment Commission

Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates, 2010

 
Average per Employee
Idaho
$939
Oregon
$871
Washington
$799
New Jersey
$716
Rhode Island
$711
Massachusetts
$685
Connecticut
$564
Michigan
$477
Pennsylvania
$462
Alaska
$447
Minnesota
$443
Wisconsin
$438
Maryland
$407
New York
$389
Arkansas
$364
U.S. Average
$392
West Virginia
$356
Vermont
$352
Illinois
$299
North Carolina
$297
Tennessee
$293
Kentucky
$288
Ohio
$263
Florida
$258
Texas
$253
Georgia
$191
Alabama
$191
South Carolina
$158
VIRGINIA
$209
New Hampshire
$124
Mississippi
$121
Source: Virginia Economic Development Partnership
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