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 18,836 826,038
Employed 18,096 792,242
Unemployed 740 33,796
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.1%
Source: Virginia Employment Commission, September 2017

Educational Attainment (Isle of Wight)

On-Time Graduation Rate (Class of 2017) 93.8%
Percentage of Isle of Wight County population age 25+ who are high school graduates or higher (2011-2015) 86.3%
Source: Virginia Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau  American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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 29.3%
Confidential/Proprietary (Education Services, Utilities & Wholesale Trade) 13.6%
Retail Trade 7.9%
Accommodation and Food Service 7.9%
Health Care and Social Assistance 6.9%
Public Administration 5.1%
Transportation and Warehousing 4.9%
Administrative Support and Waste Management 4.7%
Construction 4.4%
Other Services (except Public Administration) 3.8%
Professional Scientific and Technical Services 3.2%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2.3%
Finance and Insurance 2.0%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 1.8%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 0.9%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 0.7%
Information 0.2%
Unclassified Establishments 0.2%
Source: Virginia Employment Commission, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2nd Quarter 2017

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