9,000 new jobs headed to Fairfax County

Ari Ashe, wtop news

WASHINGTON – Fairfax County hopes to provide an answer to those looking for jobs in our region.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority says it expects 9,000 new jobs to be created within the next 12 months.

“While much of the country and many parts of the world, struggled economically in the past year, Fairfax County continued to thrive and be the economic engine of the Washington, D.C., area and Virginia,” said Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the FCEDA.

“The companies adding jobs reflect the technology and professional services base of the county economy, but also reflect the growing diversification of the county’s economic base, the increasingly global nature of the economy here and the strong minority business community too,” he says.

The newly created jobs will come from 159 different companies, most of them based in the United States.

Among them is the Bechtel Corporation, which recently announced it would move its Global Operations headquarters from Frederick into Fairfax County.

“Business growth like this is important to Fairfax County residents because these companies create jobs and build the commercial tax base that enables the Board of Supervisors to provide a breadth and quality of public services while minimizing the burden of the costs on residents,” Gordon said.

Fairfax County is home to 13 percent of Virginia residents, but is responsible for 16 percent of the jobs, according to a 2010 report.

Last year, CNBC named Virginia America’s “Top State for Business”, citing Fairfax County as one of the reasons.

Eight Fortune 500 companies currently call Fairfax County home.


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