Economy and Economics

Loudoun, Chesterfield Counties Lead in Job Growth

Jun 15, 2016
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New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show two Virginia jurisdictions leading the nation during the early part of this year. 

Big Craft Beer: Good for the Local Guys?

May 18, 2016
Mallory Noe-Payne/WVTF

Been out to a bar lately? Chances are you had more beer choices than you used to. That’s a sign of the Virginia's growing craft beer economy.

The number of breweries in the Commonwealth has almost tripled in the past three years. But that market looks set to change even more, as large out-of-state companies move in.

On opening day, Stone Brewing’s new tasting room in Richmond was filled with people, beer, and enthusiasm.

Courtesy of Melissa Davis

It’s no secret that cities across America are competing for young people.

And while large cities with sizzling tech markets may come to mind as the winners in that competition, economists say not to overlook smaller hip places, where the cost of living is a relative bargain.

Virginia has a new economic development proposal for regions within the state…it’s an effort to take some of the decision-making out of the hands of lawmakers and place it back into the hands of  stakeholders.  But as Tommie McNeil reports, the concept called “Go Virginia”  is also getting some mixed reviews.

Pamela D'Angelo

Five economically distressed regions of Virginia are being given grants to stimulate job growth. Maurice Jones, Virginia's secretary of commerce, traveled to the Northern Neck Friday to personally hand over a $70,000 check for a new center to help bring technology jobs back to the U.S.

Virginia's employment rates are breaking state records but Secretary Jones warned about two risks.

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