Virginia Performs shows you how the state is doing in areas that affect the quality of life for you and your family. Explore these pages (horizontal main menu above) to learn more about Virginia's performance from region to region and compared to other states. For more data about your own community, you can explore our regional and locality performance maps. You can also see how Virginia state government is working on your behalf on our Agency Planning and Performance pages.
Measuring What Matters
New Indicator Gauges Virginia's Economic Diversity
Virginia's economy has been challenged in recent years by slowdowns in federal government spending. About 20 percent of the state's economy has been reliant on federal dollars (particularly in defense-related spending) that in turn affect the state's overall output, employment, and income levels.
To address these changes, Virginia has embarked on strategies to better diversify its economy, including cultivating private sector growth, developing new dynamic industries, and tapping into expanding national and international markets. Our new Economy indicator, Economic Diversity, explores Virginia's performance in this critical area.
New Dashboard Opens Ups Report Card Data
Virginia Performs tracks a number of goals and measures that specifically relate to Virginia's Workforce System and summarizes these on a Workforce System Report Card. However, all the detailed data behind the report card wasn't publicly available -- until now. Our new Workforce System Data Dashboard uses interactive graphs to highlight key measures in each main goal area; users can easily see discrete data points, highlight a particular region to view, and move at will between goal tabs.