The Survey's purpose is to supplement information available from Census 2000 and other official sources with more detailed and current information regarding the region's labor force with special emphasis on the characteristics of those who commute long distances to work outside the region. The survey was conducted by telephone in late May and the first half of June 2003. CSR completed 1 005 interviews with residents of the three Virginia counties (Clarke Frederick and Shenandoah) and one independent city (Winchester) that make up the area. The interview included a household inventory that gathered information from the primary respondent regarding each person age 16 and older in the household. Each respondent was asked a series of questions about the general characteristics of the household as well as questions about their employment status work and training experience and commuting behavior. However some of the more subjective questions about employment and commuting were asked only of primary respondents who were workers. A total of 1 853 adults were inventoried in the 1 005 households that were interviewed of whom 1 247 were full-time or part-time workers.
A random sample of 4305 directory-listed households in Frederick Clarke Shenandoah counties as well as the city of Winchester 1005 completed interviews.
Tom Guterbock & Robin Bebel
Winchester/Frederick County Economic Development Commission