“JMU is a stable employer. It draws a significant number of people to the city who contribute to all sectors of the local economy. From the typical visitors and parents to the visiting athletic teams, faculty and staff, and a multitude of other academic, social and cultural events that occur during the course of a year, JMU helps create a stable, relatively predictable stream of patrons for hotels, restaurants, and other commercial and retail entities.”
— Kurt Hodgen, City Manager, Harrisonburg, Virginia
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Harrisonburg in October 2010 was 6.1 percent, well below the national average of 9.8 percent.
City of Harrisonburg
U.S. Department of Labor
Construction continues on the new Biosciences Building, expected to be complete around May 2012.