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Cathy Dyson writes about King George County. You can email her at cdyson@freelancestar.com.

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VEC’s Community Profile offers lots of info

Given the activity at the Navy base in Dahlgren, it probably doesn’t surprise anyone that the U.S. Department of Defense is the top employer in King George County.

But did you know the two next-biggest employers also are government-related? The King George County School Board is No. 2, and the County of King George, No. 3.

They’re followed by Walmart and EG&G Inc., which provides technical services.

Economic information like that is a part of the Community Profile, prepared by the Virginia Employment Commission. The agency has compiled profiles by localities, as well as by Congressional districts, planning districts and other groupings.

The report includes interesting data on population change and ethnicity, education levels of residents, unemployment rates and more.

It also has figures on the weekly wages of various workers.

For instance, the average weekly pay for a federal government worker in King George is $1,749. That’s almost two-thirds more than the average pay for state and county government workers, which is $646.

Those in professional, scientific and technical services make an average of $1,551 a week.

People who work in the arts, entertainment and recreation are at the other side of the scale and make $215 a week, followed by accommodation and food services workers, who make $258.

For more information and the full profile, click here  and choose King George under “Counties and Cities.”

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