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Hampton Roads has an exceptionally skilled and educated workforce.

Whether you’re looking for skilled laborers or senior-level executives, we have what you need in Hampton Roads. The annual infusion of military personnel transitioning into our civilian labor pool makes our region a unique place to find qualified talent. When you further consider our exceptional colleges, universities, trade and medical schools, Hampton Roads is the clear choice for today’s workforce needs. 

Labor Force
Labor Force* Amount
Civilian Labor Force 830,400
Employment 791,700
Unemployment 38,700
Unemployment Rate 4.7%
Labor Force Participation Rate**  
Hampton Roads 66.8%

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics January 2017
**Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 2016

Age of Workforce in Hampton Roads
Age Range* Percent of Population
Under 18 22.1%


35-54 25.5%
55+ 24.5%
Median Age** 36
Male 49.1%
Female 50.8%

*Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Detailed Age Profile
**Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Forecast

Educational Attainment of Workforce ages 25-64
Hampton Roads Percent
At Least a High School Diploma


At Least Some College 65.8%
Associate's Degree Only 9.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30.8%
United States  
At Least a High School Diploma 87.1%
At Least Some College 59.5%
Associate's Degree Only 8.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30.5%

Esri Business Analyst Online, 2016 Market Profile

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