The study also noted that while the United States has collectively recovered all the jobs lost since the recession began in 2007, Virginia still has 0.5 percent to gain and Hampton Roads remains four percent lower than where it once stood.
The Virginian-Pilot reports:
Hampton Roads experienced no job growth in the past year, the Virginia Employment Commission said last week. The region’s unemployment rate in Hampton Roads rose from 5.8 percent in July to 6.1 percent in August – the same level it was in August 2013.
Nonfarm employment totaled 762,000 in August – down slightly from 762,300 in the previous August – the state agency said. Among 381 U.S. metropolitan areas, Hampton Roads ranked No. 321 in employment growth since August 2013, Wagner said.
However, despite the dreary numbers, there is room for optimism.
The sectors in Hampton Roads growing in 2013 include:
1. Health Care and Social Assistance
2. Professional and Business Services
3. Retail and Wholesale Trade
5. Leisure and Hospitality
And, here at Reliance, we are helping companies fill those positions with skilled candidates. Just last week we placed 69 people in jobs across Hampton Roads, including 15 in manufacturing, six in clerical work, four in hospitality, eight in facilities maintenance & management, 33 in warehouses, and three in other categories. Also, seven of our people went from temporary to permanent hire.
Additionally, Reliance has 1013 people on payroll – our highest ever.
To see the positions Reliance currently has available and to apply, please visit http://jobs.reliancestaffing.com and click on “begin searching.”
Some other interesting facts from the report include:
– Private Non-farm earnings in 2012 was $39,499 (a 3.5% increase from 2011).
– The median housing price is $183k.
– The port is growing and is expected to continue to gain a larger share of cargo with respect to other eastern seaboard ports.
– Tourism remained steady in Virginia Beach with hotel revenues modestly increasing at 2.8%.
At Reliance Staffing and Recruiting we remain committed to helping people find work – and we do that by putting people first.
To see this and previous year’s reports, visit “State of the Region Reports” at Old Dominion University.Share this Post