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Richmond Region’s 2015 job growth outpaces state, nation by 50%

 Professional services cluster sees 10,400 new jobs

RICHMOND, VA – Job growth in the Richmond Metro Statistical Area (MSA) picked up significantly during 2015, outpacing the state’s growth by nearly 50 percent and growing at over twice the national rate. Employment in Richmond increased by 4.1 percent, compared to 2.7 percent in Virginia and 2.0 percent across the nation.

According to data provided by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Chmura Economics & Analytics, Richmond’s 2015 increase resulted in 26,121 net new jobs, with the largest gains in Professional Services (+10,400 jobs), Transportation & Utilities (+5,000 jobs), and Education & Health Services (+3,700 jobs).

“The Richmond Region is seeing tremendous growth in the Professional and Creative Services cluster — and that doesn’t include the 1099 contract employees who also fill this employment category,” said Chuck Peterson, Vice President of Business Information at the Greater Richmond Partnership.

Companies that helped drive 2015’s growth include Elephant Insurance (announcing plans to add over 1,100 new jobs at its Henrico headquarters), Amazon (adding 500 new jobs to its fulfillment centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie), and Cuore (adding 200 jobs to its Chesterfield call center).

“The Partnership has either recruited or helped many of these companies and it has paid off,” said Barry Matherly, President/CEO of the Partnership. In addition to Elephant, Amazon and Cuore, companies such as Mavalerio, AvePoint and Detectamet have impacted employment numbers recently.

Job growth has been steady, with Richmond’s annual employment growth averaging 1.1 percent between 2010 and 2014.

Industries in Richmond that shed jobs during 2015 included Government (-4,600 jobs), Manufacturing (-2,000 jobs) and Information (-100 jobs), although the Partnership has seen recent prospect activity from each of these professional clusters.

-Posting from the Greater Richmond Partnership, http://www.grpva.com, April 2016.

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InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair, March 5, 2016

The Capital Region Workforce Partnership
(CRWP) is proud to announce the return of the
InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair
on Saturday March 5, at the Richmond Convention
Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This unique job
fair is a free opportunity for government, business
and not-for-profit organizations to publicize their
summer opportunity, job, volunteer, internships
and leadership development openings suitable for
youth ages 14-21.
We encourage all businesses and organization
to participate. If you don’t already have young
workers, create positions for them! We will have
more than 500 youth and their families who want
to work and grow with you. Join the movement…
InspireYouth@Work. Register today at www.InspireYouthAtWork.org.

Check out the video below to see what we did last year!

Virginia Economy Looking Up

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s employment level reached 3,848,000 in November, the highest in the Commonwealth’s history. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in November at 4.2 percent, after declining the previous four months. Moreover, initial unemployment claims are at their lowest level in 41 years.

“These latest economic milestones are a clear sign that our efforts to build a new Virginia economy are paying off,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I am particularly pleased that our record employment is accompanied by an increase in the average weekly wage for Virginia workers. This is undeniably good news for Virginia, but we cannot afford to let up now. My administration is eager to continue our momentum both by bringing new jobs and investments here in the short term and by making smart investments and policy choices that will lay a foundation for economic growth for decades to come.”

If you’re unemployed or underemployed, then contact us today to get started on building your new future!

Military Recruitment Event December 8th

An interesting FREE recruitment event is coming up on December 8th at John Tyler Community College. The Department of  Veteran Affairs and Resource are organizing a job fair that is limited to 100 veterans. Veterans must register and submit their resume beforehand as resumes will be forwarded on to the employers. At this event, the veterans will be seated at tables, and the employers will rotate around having a timed interval to visit and talk with each group.
This is first-come, first-serve registration. Once the 100 veteran spaces are gone, the others will be placed on a wait list. Participating employers include: Ace Hardware, All State, American National,  Brown Distributing, Bon Secours, Care Advantage, Cintas, Team Fischel, United States Postal Services, Titan America, VCU Health Systems, and Powhatan Ready Mix.
In order to attend, you must be:
  • A Veteran of the Armed Forces
  • A serving member of the National Guard or Reserve
  • An active duty Service Member with less than 3 months left until EAS/ETS
  • Military spouse
Coffee and lunch will be provided. To register for this event, go to:
and send your resume to allen.fryman@dvs.virginia.gov.