Workforce & Education
Our highly trained workforce of over 230,000 is drawn from a excellent mix of job experiences across seven counties and five cities. Companies in Amherst County agree the workforce has strong work ethic and low absenteeism rates. Very low union activity combined with Virginia’s Right-To-Work law creates an ideal environment for businesses.
Here is a quick view of Amherst County’s workforce.
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Labor knows no boundaries. Workers in the region commute long distances for good jobs.
Extended Labor Market
Within Amherst County’s extended labor market is the Lynchburg Region, a 2,000 square mile area composed of the City of Lynchburg; the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell; and the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Brookneal. For the Lynchburg Region labor market information go to Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance»
For additional detailed labor information on Amherst County, go to the Virginia Employment Commission community profile.
Postsecondary Education in the Amherst Region: Essential Workforce Development
Collectively, more than 800 engineering students graduate from the institutions on our map each year. And just two hours away is Virginia Tech, offering still more resources for research and talent.
Other nearby institutions include James Madison University in Harrisonburg (about 90 minutes’ drive) and Mary Baldwin University in Staunton (about an hour away).
Area Educational Institutions