Workforce Data

Isle of Wight County has a highly qualified, skilled labor force. It is also part of a regional workforce, rich in supply of technically trained personnel and has a breadth of occupational skills within the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution and office sectors. This combination provides a complete workforce package for businesses.

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Civilian Labor Force Statistics

Isle of Wight County MSA
Civilian Labor Force 19,388 845,558
Employed 18,770 817,002
Unemployed 618 28,556
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 3.4%
Source: Virginia Employment Commission, August 2018

Educational Attainment (Isle of Wight)

On-Time Graduation Rate (Class of 2017) 95.5%
Percentage of Isle of Wight County population age 25+ who are high school graduates or higher (2011-2015) 86.6%
Source: Virginia Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau  American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (2012-2016)

Additional Workforce

Exiting Active-Duty Military 8,200+ annually
Military Spouses 30,000
College Graduates 25,000 annually
Source: Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Employment By Industry Sector

Manufacturing 30.2%
Government (Federal, State and Local) 14.0%
Accommodation and Food Services 8.4%
Retail Trade 8.3%
Health Care and Social Assistance 6.3%
Wholesale Trade 5.6%
Administrative Support and Waste Management 4.8%
Construction 4.6%
Transportation and Warehousing 4.5%
Other Services (except Public Administration) 3.6%
Professional Scientific and Technical Services 3.4%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2.1%
Finance and Insurance 2.0%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 1.9%
Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2017.4 Class of Worker

Sample of Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

 Occupation Mean Hourly Wage Mean Annual Salary
Industrial Machinery Mechanics $24.22 $51,400
Maintenance Workers, Machinery  $22.21 $49,110
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers  $31.80 $66,140
Team Assemblers  $13.96 $29,040
Machinists  $22.86 $47,540
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders  $14.62 $30,400
Helpers-Production Workers $12.70 $26,410
Food Processing Workers  $11.29 $23,470
Source: Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015