RICHMOND, VA—Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe islooking to the private sector to help key a turnaround for thestate that has recently lagged behind the nation in terms of jobgrowth.

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A recently released report by the governor attributes theregion's woes to its close ties to the federal government. “Thecommonwealth currently has a material imbalance in its jobgenerating machinery,” the report states. “We are overly dependenton the public sector for economic prosperity.”

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About 30% of Virginia's economy is tied to the federalgovernment, and the Defense Department is by far its biggestemployer, according to the Washington Post.

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No wonder the Virginia economy and particularly NorthernVirginia has encountered some difficulty. Since 2010, according tothe report, the federal payroll dropped $1.16 billion, or 7.5%,causing consecutive monthly federal job losses in Virginia for morethan a year. See story in the Washington Post.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.