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Chamber Report Shows Job Increases in Charlottesville Region

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The greater Charlottesville area saw a gentle growth in jobs in a recent Chamber of Commerce report. The greater Charlottesville area saw a gentle growth in jobs in a recent Chamber of Commerce report.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon on Wednesday to discuss the report. The Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon on Wednesday to discuss the report.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A new report out from the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has good news for both businesses and job seekers.

The 2018 report showed an increase of more than 7,000 jobs in the private sector for the region since 2007, giving the area little more than a nine percent increase.

With more than 35,000 people in 2017, the public sector has been the largest employment sector in the greater Charlottesville region. The report says that the public sector saw more than a 12 percent increase in jobs.

“The other interesting part of the jobs report is looking at the sectors that are growing or shrinking and what we’re seeing is really a lot of steady state, so much as we’ve seen a couple of percentage point lost in construction, a couple percentage point gain the health and human service,” said president of the Free Enterprise Forum Neil Williamson.

Greene County saw the highest percentage growth in jobs during the time period with a 33 percent increase, according to Williamson. The Free Enterprise Forum said this increase was due to the opening of the Rapidan Center. Albemarle had the highest overall increase in the number of jobs.

According to Virginia deputy secretary Angela Navarro of the Commerce and Trade, the report provides job creators an opportunity to understand what sectors they should put more investment into and gives job seekers direction for areas of potential growth and opportunity.

"Every region has unique needs, so understanding the jobs reports helps us know how to target and deliver programs that meet the needs of each community," Navarro said.

All localities in the report saw an increase in private sector jobs, except for Fluvanna County. The nine percent increase in private sector jobs for the Charlottesville region is higher than the state average of 4.6 percent.

The full report can be found here: