Powhatan’s economy relies heavily on government, construction, retail trade and service industries. The civilian labor force exceeds 14,230. Approximately 6,375 people are employed in Powhatan, with approximately 65 percent of the labor force commuting to surrounding areas for work.
The current unemployment rate is 6.7 percent (VEC, Dec. 2009), which is comparable to surrounding counties. The median household income is one of the highest in the state at $71,263. Taxable retail sales in 2009 were $162,406,900.