Provided is key data on Advantage Valley's workforce. Much of this data has been taken from a recent economic/workforce research project done as part of a federal grant to Advantage Valley. (Click to read the complete research report.)
In 2010, the population of the Advantage Valley region consisted of 647,030 individuals. The region's combined labor force consisted of 287,933 individuals.
Currently, the three largest industry sectors in the Advantage Valley Corridor are Health Care and Social Assistance, Government, and Retail Trade. Between 2006 and 2011, Health Care and Social Assistance added 6,133 jobs (13%) and Government jobs increased by 2% (983 jobs). The Retail Trade sector declined by 8% or 3,211 jobs.
The industry sectors projected for the highest percentage growth over the next five years in the region are Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction (13%, 1,933 jobs), Real Estate and Rental and Leasing (11%, 997 jobs) and Health Care and Social Assistance (10%, 5,190 jobs). Construction is also expected to add 1,184 jobs (6%).
In 2009 a total of 82.4% of Advantage Valley residents 25 years and older have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and the region’s percentage of individuals 25 years and older with a bachelor’s degree and higher was 18.1%.