Jobs in Prince William County Virginia

by Mo Johnson
(Montclair, VA )

July 14, 2010

Good news about jobs in Prince William County. Money magazine just listed Prince William County Virginia as the 17th best county in America to find a job. In fact, PWC saw job growth of 32 percent in the past decade.

Of course, military bases at Ft. Belvoir and Quantico provide an engine of government jobs and gov't contractors (like Lockeed Martin).

But there is also a growing number of biotech firms in the area and George Mason University just this year opened a 50 million dollar research lab in Manassas

And, the future looks bright as over 20,000 jobs will be coming to Fort Belvoir and Quantico Marine Base.

By the way, Lincoln County, South Dakota was #1 on the list.

Also out last week was CNBC's list of top "business-friendly" states. Virginia came in #2, behind Texas. Colorado, North Carolina and Massachusetts were 3, 4, and 5.

So, bottom line -- this is a good news story about jobs and the economy in Prince William County Virginia.

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Aug 19, 2011
Prince William County #13 Nationally in Job Growth
by: Mo Johnson

Just to update, Prince William County moved up to #13 nationally in the CNN/Money Magazine list of top counties "Where the Jobs Are.? Last year we were #17 and the year before that #23. So, we have a consistent record of being a top job growth area.

CNN/Money Magazine said they looked at localities where there was both population and job growth and where unemployment was below the national average. Loudon County was ranked #2 nationally with 75.3% job growth in the past decade.
PWC had job growth of 40.1 percent in the last decade. Employment grew 7% between 2009 and 2010. At least six companies have either expanded or moved into the county in the last year -- according to CNN/Money Magazine. The report cited Prince William County's Innovation Technology Park and its proximity to Dulles Airport -- as key factors in its growth.

All of this has led to AAA bond ratings from all the ratings agencies and allowed the county to borrow at very low rates to invest in roads, libraries, schools and infrastructure. While most other localities are raising taxes and/or cutting services -- PWC is able to grow without doing either.

The report cited Linton Hall and Montclair as particular neighborhoods that have experienced great job growth. [Note Montclair was also named to Money Magazine's list of Top 100 Places to Live.]

Who was #1 nationally -- Rockwall County, a suburb of Dallas -- with 97.9% job growth in the last decade.

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