James Madison University and Pilgrim's Pride/Wampler Foods have a significant impact on the Harrisonburg economy. The food processing industry is important to the local economy. Other leading industries are educational services, health and social services, arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services.
The primary fields of employment in Harrisonburg are educational services, accommodation and food services, healthcare; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction. Management, professional and related occupations (28% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (24% of the jobs).
The major employers in Greater Harrisonburg:
- Pilgrim's Pride/Wampler Foods
- James Madison University
- Rockingham County School Board
- Rockingham Memorial Hospital
- Rocco Poultry Operations
- E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co
- VF Jeanswear LP
- Merck & Company Inc
- R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company
Harrisonburg has a number of popular jobs which are mostly filled by those with college degrees including registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; teachers, educational, vocational and school counselors; computer programmers, training and development specialists, pharmacists, child, family and school social workers; and network systems and data communications analysts.
Noteworthy information about Harrisonburg, Virginia: Expansion Magazine named Harrisonburg a 5 star quality of life metro. Average salary in 2009: $26,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 95.8 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 31%.
Harrisonburg businesses are invited to work with associations such as:
- Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
- Virginia Economic Development Partnership
- Virginia SBDC Network
- Virginia Manufacturers Association
- Small Business Administration - Virginia
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