Labor

Historical Unemployment

YearRate WorkforceEmployedUnemployed
20056.9%9,4188,849569
20064.6%8,8428,437405
20074.0%9,1968,824372
20088.3%9,0748,325749
200911.4%9,1328,0881,044
201010.9%9,4358,5161,028

Average Wage Rates

Salaried

OccupationAvg. Weekly Wage
Secretary$358
Receptionist$318
Bookkeeper$354
Industrial Production Mgr.$916

Hourly

OccupationAvg. Hourly Wage
Welder/Cutter$10.92
Retail Sales Clerks$8.09
Truck Driver - Heavy$12.68
Wood Machinists$9.21
Machinist$12.20
Production Inspector$11.02
Tool & Die Maker$15.62
Electrician$13.14
Assembler/Fabricator$8.95
First Line Supervisor$17.67

Source: 1998 Virginia Employment Commission Wage Survey

Weekly Wages by Sector

OccupationWeekly Wage
Agriculture$405
Construction$429
Manufacturing$536
Transportation$554
Trade-Retail$335
Finance - Insurance$487
Professional Services$420
Government$508

Source: Virginia Employment Commission: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (2nd Quarter 2006 Survey)

Average Income

 20002010
Per Capita Income$15,574$18,694
Median Household Income$28,705$33,059
Median Family Income$36,232$43,457

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Employment by Industry Segment

OccupationNumber of Jobs% of Jobs
TOTAL5150100
Agriculture1933.7
Construction2224.3
Manufacturing179534.9
Trade-Wholesale1342.6
Trade-Retail57711.3
Transportation1603.2
Information1492.9
Finance - Insurance681.3
Real Estate110.2
Professional Services581.1
Admin./Waste Services220.4
Health Care59811.7
Arts - Entertainment300.6
Accommodations - Food1923.7
Government (All)85016.5
Other Services721.6

Source: Virginia Employment Commission: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (2nd Quarter 2006 Survey)

Labor Unions

Currently, there are NO union members within Patrick County's industrial base.

Virginia is one of the least unionized of the more industrial states. three major reasons for this are the State's Right to Work Law, the importance of manufacturing industries, such as textiles, apparel, electrical machinery, and lumber, which are not highly organized in Virginia, and the importance of federal civilian and military employment. Typically, the percentage of non-agricultural employees who belong to unions in Virginia has been approximately one-half of the U.S. average.

Major Local Employers

CompanyProduct
Patrick County Public SchoolsPublic Education
Hanesbrands Inc.Wide Elastic Fabrics
Roto-Die Inc.Precision Components
United ElasticElastic
Stuart Flooring CorporationHardwood Flooring
Blue Ridge Nursing CenterElder Care
Wal MartRetail
Pioneer HospitalHealth Care
Aerial Machine and Tool Corp.Military Safety Equipment
Eastern Microfilm SalesDocument Imaging
Hopkins Lumber ContractorsLumber
Modular Wood SystemsWood Products
Lowes FoodsGrocery
Primland Ltd.Visitor Resort
Griffith LumberLumber
Kreager WoodworkingWood Products
Hardee'sRestaurant
The Landmark CentersAssisted Living Facility
Ten Oaks LLCHardwood Products