Jobs Access Working Group
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, there are 14,818 jobs along the JDC. The greatest share of jobs is in manufacturing (3484), followed by management of companies (1750). Of the jobs available, more than half (59%) actually pay $40,000 or more per year.
Yet, of the jobs along the corridor, nearly all of them -- 14,674 -- are filled by people who live outside the JDC.
Several recent studies on intergenerational poverty and upward mobility have explored the link between poverty and commute time, finding that the longer an individual has to travel for work, the greater the likelihood they are living in poverty.
The 2017 Community Listening Process involved 700 people.
Jefferson Davis Corridor residents were concerned with these issues related to employment:
job training training
recruitment along the corridor
returning citizens' access to jobs
The 2018 Community Listening Process involved 200 people.
JDC residents want jobs close to their house or apartment (37%) or close to public transportation (32%)
JDC residents identified not enough jobs on the JDC as the biggest barrier to employment (22%), followed by not knowing which businesses are hiring and no transportation (bus or car access), both at 19%.
Other economic and employment stats:
The official unemployment rate for the RVA Thrives geographic area suggests that 1050 people along the JDC are unemployed. However, this statistic is not comprehensive, as it does not include the number of people who have been unemployed long-term and have stopped seeking work.
In the RVA Thrives geographic area, forty-eight percent of people spend more than 30% of their income on housing. The ratio of households with income below $25,000 to households with income above $100,000 is 7:3.
The jobs working group has researched the issues and created an actionable project proposal for quarterly job fairs to bring together job seekers, employers on the Jefferson Davis Corridor and workforce development service providers.
In 2019, RVA Thrives staff and Steering Committee will host quarterly job fairs.
Email Nelson Reveley (email@example.com) to learn more about the job fairs and to sign up to attend! All Jefferson Davis Corridor job seekers, employers, and employment service providers welcome!