The Richmond metro area is a magnet for labor, drawing a workforce from more than 40 localities statewide. A combination of diverse industries with numerous educational institutions provide an ample workforce with positive work attitudes and a range of skills and experience.
Education & Training
Nearly 30 colleges and universities produce a steady stream of employees for new and expanding companies in fields including business, engineering, law, and medicine.
The Richmond Region offers a highly educated workforce, with 90 percent of the population 25 and older holding a high school degree or higher, and 38 percent holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
- The Richmond Region offers an array of educational resources to meet the education and training needs of any company.
- Award-winning public schools are supplemented by a variety of private and parochial schools.
- At the secondary level, career and technical programs, college prep, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs are available.
- A full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs is available.
|Locality||Bachelor’s Degree Attainment|
Historically, the Richmond Region has enjoyed low levels of unemployment. In recent years, the rates have remained at or below the national average.
|Civilian Labor Force||665,116||4,259,711||160,008,000|
|Unemployment Rate (%)||5.0||4.7||6.6|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2020 Not Seasonally Adjusted