Economic Development

Workforce

 

Workforce Development

Smyth County has a strong manufacturing base which has shifted over the years from predominately apparel and furniture to a more diversified mix of transportation-related equipment, machinery components, and building products. There is also substantial employment in the service sector, primarily health care. Smyth County residents have a long and solid tradition as hard-working, skilled, and loyal employees. Our existing industry leaders will attest to that characterization.  Please visit the Education page to find out more about the training opportunities provided in Smyth County.


-Atkins Labor Force Map

-Chilhowie Labor Force Map

-Marion Labor Force Map

-Saltville Labor Force Map

 

Unemployment

 

Unemployment Trends

Year

Smyth County

Virginia

United States

2001

6.3%

3.2%

4.7%

2002

8.0%

4.2%

5.8%

2003

7.5%

4.1%

6.0%

2004

5.1%

3.7%

5.5%

2005

4.6%

3.5%

5.1%

2006

4.6%

3.0%

4.6%

2007

5.4%

3.1%

4.6%

2008

6.1%

4.0%

5.8%

2009

11.3%

6.9%

9.3%

2010

10.9%

6.9%

9.6%

2011

9.7%

6.2%

8.9%

Source: Virginia Employment Commission, Local Area Unemployment Statistics

 

 

Unemployment Rate Chart

 


Workforce Statistics

Civilian Labor Force 2011

Smyth County

15,076

Surrounding Labor Area

116,733

Total

131,809

Source: Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Smyth County Community Profile

 

 

 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Local Employment Dynamics Q4 2010


 

Commuting Patterns

Source:  2000 Census

 

Top 10 Places Residents are Commuting To

Area

Workers

Washington County, VA

1,120

Wythe County, VA

774

Sullivan County, TN

199

Bristol, VA

161

Pulaski County, VA

62

Washington County, TN

51

Russell County, VA

41

Salem, VA

40

Tazewell County, VA

38

Surry County, NC

33

                        Source: 2000 Census

 

 Top 10 Places Workers are Commuting From

Area

Workers

Washington County, VA

1,576

Wythe County, VA

832

Grayson County, VA

281

Tazewell County, VA

171

Sullivan County, TN

90

Russell County, VA

47

Bristol, VA

41

Boone County, WV

31

Greene County, TN

29

Chesapeake, VA

22

                                        Source: 2000 Census

                                       Note: The 2010 United States Census did not collect information regarding commuting patterns