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Labor Statistics

Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
Hanover County 58,726 57,150 2.7%
Richmond MSA 711,087 688,071 3.2%
Virginia 4,356,189 4,226,073 3.0%
Source: Virginia Employment Commission Labor Force, Employment & Unemployment, August, 2018, Not seasonally adjusted

According to 2016 American Community Survey data, 90 percent of the Richmond MSA population over age 25 has at least a high school education, compared to 87 percent nationally. The Richmond Region compares favorably in higher education, with many residents holding at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Highest Education Level Attained Richmond MSA (Total #) Richmond MSA (% of Total) Virginia (% of Total U.S. (% of Total)
Less than High School Diploma 88,617 10.0% 10.7% 12.6%
High School or GED 222,246 25.2% 24.0% 27.2%
Some College, No Degree 178,953 20.3% 19.5% 20.6%
Associate Degree 69,427 7.9% 7.7% 8.4%
Bachelor Degree 201,670 22.8% 21.7% 19.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree 122,606 13.9% 16.4% 11.9%
Source:  Greater Richmond Partnership