Workforce

Workforce Investment Area

The Newport News Workforce Investment Area, as defined by the Virginia Employment Commission, is the Virginia Peninsula. Newport News is the largest city on the Virginia Peninsula and is its employment center. A civilian labor force of more than 250,000 workers reside in the Labor Market Area:

• The City of Newport News
• The City of Hampton
• The City of Williamsburg
• The City of Poquoson
• Gloucester County
• Isle of Wight County
• James City County
• Matthews County
• York County

A larger Total Drawing Area encompasses the entire Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News MSA. A diversified labor force of over 800,000 lies within a 45–minute commute of most of the industrial and business sites in Newport News.

General Labor Force Data, December 2016

Newport News
Labor Force Area*
Hampton Roads
MSA**
Civilian Labor Force
88,923
570,093
– Employed
84,702
545,930
– Unemployed
4,221
24,163
– Unemployment Rate
4.7%
4.1%
Source: Virginia Employment Commission
*Includes Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York, James City County, and Hampton
**Virginia Beach–Norfolk–Newport News, VA–NC MSA, VA Part

Civilian Labor Force Growth 2005–2012

Total Annual Average
Newport News Labor Force Area*
8,180
1,168
Hampton Roads MSA**
51,088
7,598
Source: Virginia Employment Commission
*Includes Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York, James City County, and Hampton
**Virginia Beach–Norfolk–Newport News, VA–NC MSA, VA Part

 

Civilian Covered Employment Trends – Annual Percentage Change, 2005–2009

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
NEWPORT NEWS
-0.02%
0.71%
1.44%
0.10%
-2.27%
Hampton Roads
4.21%
-0.84%
1.46%
-0.21%
-2.27%
U.S.
1.78%
1.90%
1.12%
-0.47%
-3.77%
Source: Virginia Employment Commission

 

LABOR FORCE PROFILE
Demographically, the working population of the Newport News/Hampton Roads labor market is typical in such areas as educational attainment and female participation in the labor force. The strong military presence, the international influence that springs from the ports, and the overall attractiveness of the area all contribute to the sophisticated metropolitan climate and labor pool.

 

Occupational Profile

NEWPORT NEWS Hampton Roads
Managerial
11.0%
12.6%
Professional
14.5%
15.4%
Technicians
5.0%
5.7%
Sales
12.0%
11.9%
Clerical
15.6%
15.9%
Service
17.6%
15.6%
Skilled Craftsmen
14.3%
12.6%
Semi skilled, laborers, other
10.1%
10.4%
White collar occupations
46.1%
49.5%
Blue collar occupations
24.3%
23.0%
Service & Sales occupations
29.6%
27.5%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000
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