This project explores labor markets in Fairfax County, VA to better understand the landscape and barriers to economic opportunity for the county’s residents, businesses, and places. Our project has three goals: characterize the Fairfax County workforce, occupation sectors, and industry composition; identify areas that are vulnerable, and areas that have the potential to create emerging businesses; and map workforce flows within and in/out of Fairfax County by select occupation and industry factors. Our findings can inform Fairfax County COVID response and provide insights into workforce readiness, economic vibrancy, and industry diversification, contributing to the county’s strategic plan goal of improving economic opportunity in the area.

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Susweta Ray

Susweta Ray

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Agricultural Economics


Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald

Marymount University, Mathematics and Economics

Owen Hart

Owen Hart

University of California Berkeley, Economics and Data Science

Sean Pietrowicz

Sean Pietrowicz

University of Notre Dame, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics


Teja Pristavec

Research Assistant Professor, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia

Brandon Kramer

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia


Fairfax County Government

Michelle Gregory, Fairfax County Government
Sophia Dutton, Fairfax County Government