Labor & Wage

The Commonwealth Institute monitors how workers are fairing in the economy through research and analysis around employment, wages, benefits and income. In addition, each year the Institute produces The State of Working Virginia, a comprehensive analytical snap shot of Virgina’s workforce and economy. Reports and analyses from the current year are posted here. Work from prior years can be found in the Archive or by using the Topics at right.

Carlos Castro August 3, 2017 Local shops and services that provide for everyday needs are cornerstones of thriving communities, and foreign-born Virginians play an important role in starting and maintaining these “Main Street” businesses. From grocery stores to restaurants to tech firms, these immigrants make substantial contributions to the state’s economy. Meet five Virginia business owners who have brought their dreams to this country and brought their dreams to life through perseverance and hard work.