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Labor Force - Overall

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Labor Force

Key Facts Labor Force - Overall

Northern Virginia’s immigrant population is well-suited to maintaining and expanding the region’s labor force

In Northern Virginia, immigrant entrepreneurs – those who work for their own businesses, incorporated or not – are making their mark locally.

2013 to 2017 Period

Key Facts:

  • In Northern Virginia, less than two-thirds, or 61.6 percent of the U.S.-born population are of working age — between 16 and 64 years old — the range considered to be working age by the Department of Labor.

  • Meanwhile, more than four out of five, or 83.9 percent of the immigrant population in the region are of working age.

  • While immigrants make up 27.4 percent of the overall population, they make up 34.0 percent of the region’s working-age population.

  • Northern Virginia has a high percentage of immigrants, 31.8 percent, working in STEM industries compared to 22.8 percent of immigrants overall in the United States.

What are the top 3 industry sectors of the U.S. Born labor force?

Source: 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 5-Year Sample, downloaded from IPUMS USA, University of Minnesota,

1. Professional Services


2. Administration


3. Education 


What are the top 3 industry sectors of the Foreign Born labor force?

1. Professional Services


2. Entertainment, Arts,      and Hospitality


3. Construction 


Source: NAE analysis of the 2013-2017 American Community Survey,5-Year Sample, downloaded from IPUMS USA, University of Minnesota,; ITEP, “Who Pays?”; Congressional Budget Office; U.S. Social Security Administration.

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