With reasonable wages and business-friendly labor laws, Southside Virginia has some of the most affordable labor in the nation. Labor laws are regulated by the Commonwealth of Virginia and are typically no more stringent than federal regulations.
- Virginia is a right-to-work state.
- Virginia has the second lowest unionization rate in the nation.
- Workers' Compensation and Unemployment Compensation costs are among the lowest in the nation.
- Southside Virginia wages are affordable, and well below the national average.
Selected Production Wages, Southside Virginia* and Nation
Median Hourly Wage,
|Median Hourly Wage, Nation|
|All Other Assemblers and Fabricators||$11.75||$14.75|
|Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||$15.57||$15.90|
|Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||$17.33||$16.26|
|First-Line Supervisors and Managers||
|Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||N/A||$18.77|
|Extracting, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||$14.83||$16.19|
|Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers||$16.22||$17.95|
|All Production Occupations||$15.13||$16.34|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017
*The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area as the Counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward Southampton, Surry and the Cities of Emporia, Danville and Franklin.
Greensville County Deputy Administrator
1781 Greensville County Circle
Emporia, Virginia 23847