The Petersburg labor market is largely seasonal with the dominant industry being seafood harvesting and processing. Summer employment by the three large processing plants increases the labor force by about 30% each year. The seafood industry sector also employs skilled workers including welders, shipwrights, refrigeration and diesel mechanics, and electronics repair. Heavy construction, timber and mining firms are present and employ skilled workers.
Year around employment is mostly in government, healthcare, and retail trade. Local offices of state and federal agencies, local government, and the medical center attract a variety of professionals to the community, including biologists, educators, doctors, nurses, and medical technicians.
Labor Force Statistics (based on 2000 census)
- In labor force (16 years or over) – 1,822
- Mean travel time to work – 12.4 minutes
- H.S. Graduate or higher – 88.2%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher – 19.1%
- Graduate or professional degree – 5.3%