Virginia’s employment growth continues to lag

Virginia’s employment growth continues to lag the nation and it should remain subpar at least through next year. The reason: federal spending cuts. Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University, recently pointed to a potential 4.5 percent decline in federal spending across the nation during the fiscal year that will end Sept. 30 and a further 9.2 percent decrease in the following fiscal year.

Virginia Employment Growth Stuck In Neutral

Employment in the nation is finally starting to pick up. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 192,000 in March, which is 1.7 percent higher than a year ago. The Richmond metropolitan area is seeing similar growth. Employment rose 1.5 percent over the year ending in February, which is the latest data available at the regional level.