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.


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.”


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.


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.