Virginia is ranked #1 in the U.S.

Virginia is ranked #1 in the U.S. by CNBC for workforce in 2019, and boasts the sixth most educated workforce in the America based on the percentage of bachelor’s degrees in our labor pool.

Warren County’s K-12 system is well integrated with the Virginia Community College System and Virginia’s top flight Universities, offering dual enrollment and AP opportunities for our students, which gives them a significant advantage in competing for high paying jobs.

Virginia has a top university system including nationally ranked University of Virginia, William & Mary, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Old Dominion University.

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) comprises 23 community colleges. Many offer partnership programs with our world class Universities so students can earn a two year degree at a community college and then transfer their credits to a participating University to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree.

The VCCS is geared toward being responsive to the needs of the major employers in the individual regional economies of the areas they serve.

Workforce Availability and Characteristics

The largest major occupation group in the Warren County WF Draw 30 Mi is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, employing 60,989 workers. The next-largest occupation groups in the region are Sales and Related Occupations (58,776 workers) and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (49,346).

High location quotients (LQs) indicate occupation groups in which a region has high concentrations of employment compared to the national average. The major groups with the largest LQs in the region are Construction and Extraction Occupations (LQ = 1.41), Computer and Mathematical Occupations (1.29), and Educational Instruction and Library Occupations (1.27).

Occupation groups in the Warren County WF Draw 30 Mi with the highest average wages per worker are Management Occupations ($115,600), Legal Occupations ($106,200), and Computer and Mathematical Occupations ($94,000). The unemployment rate in the region varied among the major groups from 1.1% among Legal Occupations to 6.0% among Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations.

Over the next 1 year, the fastest growing occupation group in the Warren County WF Draw 30 Mi is expected to be Healthcare Support Occupations with a +2.6% year-over-year rate of growth. The strongest forecast by number of jobs over this period is expected for Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (+858 jobs) and Construction and Extraction Occupations (+650).

Over the same period, the highest separation demand (occupation demand due to retirements and workers moving from one occupation to another) is expected in Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (9,064 jobs) and Sales and Related Occupations (8,687).


The population in Warren County, Virginia was 39,449 per American Community Survey data for 2014-2018.

The region has a civilian labor force of 20,311 with a participation rate of 63.8%. Of individuals 25 to 64 in Warren County, Virginia, 20.9% have a bachelor’s degree or higher which compares with 32.9% in the nation.

53%+ of workers commute to their jobs, making this a ripe place to attract top local talent interested in working closer to home so that they can enjoy family and free time more.

The median household income in Warren County, Virginia is $68,189 and the median house value is $240,000.

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Educational Attainment

Expected growth rates for occupations vary by the education and training required. While all employment in the Warren County WF Draw 30 Mi is projected to grow 1.3% over the next ten years, occupations typically requiring a postgraduate degree are expected to grow 1.7% per year, those requiring a bachelor’s degree are forecast to grow 1.6% per year, and occupations typically needing a 2-year degree or certificate are expected to grow 1.5% per year.

Virginia Career Works

Virginia Career Works has a wealth of resources for employers and businesses in Virginia:

Laurel Ridge Community College

Laurel Ridge Community College offers a wide variety of two year degree programs for employees who wish to upgrade their skills for better employment as well as high school graduates.  

Businesses looking for qualified workers or for training opportunities for their existing workforce will greatly benefit from the Workforce Solutions division at LRCC.  They offer top notch training in everything from IT to CDL Truck Driver Training to Welding and will work with your business to custom design the curricula your employees need to excel

You can learn more about the great resources LRCC offers at

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