A Labor Pool Sufficient for Present and Future Needs

According to the latest census (2020), the current population in Bedford County is 79,462; this represents a 15.7% increase over 2010, and is expected to rise another 15% by 2040.

However, due to proximity to Roanoke and Lynchburg, the labor force within a 30-mile radius of Bedford is more than 400,000 people.

Nearly 30 percent of the Bedford area workforce is employed in manufacturing, followed by construction, retail trade, healthcare and professional services. Workforce training is readily available through the Virginia Career Works Central Region and through local community colleges and trade schools in the region.

You’ll find additional information on Bedford County’s workforce here:

View the Community Profile Labor Market information for Bedford County.

Watch our latest video regarding Career & Technical Education Programs in Bedford County Public Schools >

Bedford County Demographics

Bedford One

The Bedford One Program links high school students with local businesses and industries based on their career interests. It is a partnership between the Bedford County Office of Economic Development, Bedford County Public Schools and area businesses. An advisory committee (made up of teachers, and representatives from the local community college and businesses, as well as Economic Development staff) guides the program.

We also host Career Conversations with people from the business community who talk about their own career path and the education and training needed for their individual roles. To watch these career conversations, visit our YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/user/BedfordEconDev

Union Status

Virginia is a right-to-work state.  Right-to-work means an employer can’t make an agreement with a union making membership a condition of hiring or continued employment.

Woman at Industrial Printer
A Welder at a Bedford County Company
Bedford Centerfest Crowd