Workforce

​Virginia is an employer-friendly state with a ​"Right to Work" labor structure. ​​

Virginia Beach is among the 40 largest cities in the U.S., with a population of 45​0,000 and a regional population of 1.73 million.

While a low cost of doing business may be attractive, it is the highly skilled workforce, enhanced by thousands of military personnel and college or university graduates who enter the workforce on an annual basis, and multiple internationally renowned research and development centers that truly make Virginia Beach the best place to do business. ​

Finding Talent

Young professionals are a key part of the community in Virginia Beach, not just because of the large military presence here, but also due to the excellent higher education system that exists. ​​

Over fifty percent of the City of Virginia Beach's annual budget funds public education with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the key to establishing a continuous supply of a highly skilled emerging workforce. Based on the Department of Defense statistics, approximately 14,000 members of the military are available to enter the local workforce each year, along with more than 15,000 graduating college students and 18,222 graduating high school students (Source: NCES). Learn more about our regional talent and available workforce programs here.

Virginia Beach is a highly desirable location for the highly skilled, highly paid, high-tech workforce.

Virginia Beach's Workforce

Civilian Workforce Statistics

VIRGINIA BEACHMSA
​Civilian workforce226,000815,177
Employed216,261771,975
Unemployed9,73943,202
Unemployment rate4.3%5.3%

Source: Virginia Employment Commission, December 2020

Additional Workforce

Exiting active-duty military personnel14,000 annually
Military family members96,851
High school graduates (Virginia Beach)4,989 annually
High school graduates (Region)18,222
College graduates15,000 annually

Source: Hampton Roads Alliance, Navy Fiscal Year 2019 Economic Impact Report, 2019-2020 Virginia Beach City Public Schools, State Council for Higher Education of Virginia, NCES

Virginia Beach Industry Employment

​INDUSTRY SECTOR​
​EMPLOYEES
Professional Office Staff and Services
39,751
Government
29,057
Health Care and Social Assistance
21,491
Retail
19,588
Manufacturing, Warehousing, and Construction

17,748

Accommodation and Food Services
16,210
Other Services
7,825
Management of Companies and Real Estate
6,739
Wholesale
3,413
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
1,586
Agriculture
95

Source: Virginia Employment Commission, 2020