Mississippi Snapshot

Mississippi is named for the Mississippi river which forms its western boundary and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The state has a warm, generally humid climate with long, summers and short, mild winters. Mississippi  has a population of approximately 3 million and a labor force of 1.3 million. With 12.5 percent of its employment base in manufacturing, Mississippi ranks in the Top 10 in the U.S. in manufacturing’s share of total state employment. For additional information visit the US Census https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/28 and for labor information visit the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning online data tool http://www.mississippi.edu/urc/data/county/mississippi/

Mississippi Quick Facts

Population, 2014 estimate 3 million Labor Force, 2013 1.3 million Land area in square miles, 2012 46,923.27 Persons per square mile, 2010 63.2 Private nonfarm establishments, 2012 58,644 Private nonfarm employment, 2012 895, 804 Manufacturers’ shipments, 2007 ($1,000) 59,869,456 Major Metropolitan Areas Gulfport-Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Memphis TN-MS-AR, Pascagoula

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Detailed area analyses are available using Mississippi’s site and building database. Create customized data reporting, including the following: county data, drive time or radius reporting for demographics, workforce and wage data. Explore Mississippi’s target industry sectors with an interactive map online.

Total establishments and employment by industry

Supersector Number of establishments
Private Q2 2015p
Employment
Private Sept. 2015p
Manufacturing 2,444 142,649
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 19,147 223,148
Leisure and Hospitality 6,134 131,813
Information 986 13,619
Service-Providing 57,376 670,430
Total, all industries 67,923 878,201
Goods-Producing 10,547 207,771
Education and Health Services 7,046 134,121
Professional and Business Services 11,544 102,524
Natural Resources and Mining 2,319 18,663
Other Services 4,781 22,168
Financial Activities 7,738 43,037
Construction 5,784 46,459
Source: U.S. BLS, QCEW, Q3 2015.

For more detailed sector information, view The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) interactive state and county map application – Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) in Mississippi.

Manufacturers in Mississippi account for 14.4 percent of the total output in the state, employing 12.3 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $15.1 billion in 2013.

The table below reflects information for manufacturing NAICS codes 31–33.

2002 2007 2012 07-12 % Change
Number of establishments 2,796 2,598 2,820 8.5%
Value of shipments ($ Millions) 38,276 59,869 79,719 33.2%
Annual payroll ($ Millions) 5,477 5,757 7,242 25.8%
Total employment 182,822 159,235 168,965 6.1%
Value of shipments per establishment ($1,000) 13,690 23,044 28,269 22.7%
Value of shipments per employee ($1,000) 209 376 472 25.5%
Value of shipments per $ of payroll 7.0 10.4 11.0 5.8%
Payroll per employee ($) 29,958 36,151 42,863 18.6%
Employees per establishment 65.4 61.3 59.9 -2.2%
Value of shipments per capita ($) 6,677 20,512 26,707 30.2%
Population per establishment 2,050 1,123 1,058 -5.8%


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012.

Manufacturing Employment by Subsector:

Industry Manufacturing industry employment Industry employment as a share of manufacturing employment
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,400 1.80%
Apparel Manufacturing 1,700 1.20%
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 1,800 1.30%
Chemical Manufacturing 5,200 3.80%
Communications, and Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 800 0.60%
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 100 0.10%
Electrical Equipment, Appliance and Component Manufacturing 7,600 5.60%
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 7,900 5.80%
Food Manufacturing 18,500 13.50%
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 16,300 11.90%
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 200 0.10%
Machinery Manufacturing 12,600 9.20%
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 10,700 7.80%
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 9,800 7.20%
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical and Control Instruments Manufacturing 600 0.40%
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 2,200 1.60%
Paper Manufacturing 6,300 4.60%
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,900 2.10%
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 3,400 2.50%
Primary Metal Manufacturing 3,000 2.20%
Printing and Related Support Activities 2,000 1.50%
Railroad, Ship and Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 12,200 8.90%
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 1,100 0.80%
Textile Mills and Textile Product Mills 1,800 1.30%
Wood Product Manufacturing 5,600 4.10%


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 Source: Economic Policy Institute, 2015.

Manufacturing in Mississippi

Employment and Wage Estimates by Occupation:

Occupation Code Occupation Title Employment Median Hourly Wage Mean Hourly Wage Annual Mean Wage
00-0000 All Occupations 1,094,070 $13.76 $17.67 $36,750
11-0000 Management Occupations 50,210 $33.98 $39.87 $82,930
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 28,790 $24.33 $26.87 $55,890
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 10,610 $28.63 $30.21 $62,840
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 14,640 $30.51 $32.81 $68,250
19-0000 Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations 6,480 $24.38 $28.17 $58,590
21-0000 Community and Social Service Occupations 12,410 $16.99 $18.69 $38,880
23-0000 Legal Occupations 5,360 $25.96 $36.17 $75,230
25-0000 Education, Training and Library Occupations 76,040 $17.97 $19.30 $40,150
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Occupations 8,020 $15.70 $18.83 $39,170
29-0000 Health Care Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,140 $23.58 $29.92 $62,230
31-0000 Health Care Support Occupations 35,320 $10.26 $11.11 $23,100
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 33,880 $12.74 $14.16 $29,460
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 103,720 $8.76 $9.28 $19,310
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 35,880 $9.24 $10.37 $21,580
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,300 $8.98 $10.91 $22,680
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 113,600 $10.13 $13.90 $28,910
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 157,060 $13.31 $14.64 $30,450
45-0000 Farming, Fishing and Forestry Occupations 4,640 $13.48 $14.46 $30,070
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 48,800 $16.42 $17.81 $37,050
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations 50,790 $17.07 $18.82 $39,150
51-0000 Production Occupations 105,970 $14.06 $15.76 $32,780
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 89,410 $12.65 $14.82 $30,820


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 Source: BLS, 2015. Data from May 2014 survey.

Mississippi Exports

In 2015, Mississippi exports were $10.8 billion, which is a 226-percent increase over the last 10 years. In 2013, 2,022 companies exported goods or services from Mississippi. Of those, 76 percent were small and medium enterprises with fewer than 500 employees. For more detailed export information, view Mississippi’s fact sheet on Export, Job, and Foreign Investment made available by the International Trade Administration.

Top Export Countries:

  2015
World 10,785,878,879
Canada 2,041,852,583
Mexico 1,128,712,196
Panama 1,107,270,635
Guatemala 537,694,061
China 516,925,524


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 Source: International Trade Administration, 2015.

Top Export Products:

  2015
Petroleum & Coal Products 3,280,358,268
Transportation Equipment 1,206,173,724
Chemicals 1,085,333,799
Misc Manufactured Commodities 914,177,977
All Other Products 4,299,835,111


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Source: International Trade Administration, 2015.

Cost of Living

Mississippi’s cost of living is significantly lower than other states in the U.S. According to The Tax Foundation’s most recent study, the value of $100 in Mississippi is nearly 16 percent higher than the national average.

Cost of Living:

Area Total Cost of Living Index
(National Index Based on 100)
Mississippi 83.4
Hattiesburg Metro 83.2
Jackson Metro 83.2
Memphis TN-MS-AR Metro 84.5
Tupelo Micro 84.2

Source: C2ER, Cost of Living Index, Annual Average 2015.

Educational Attainment

In Mississippi, 81.5 percent of residents over the age of 25 have a high school degree or more. Many residents continue educational pathways through four-year institutions, two-year institutions or career training programs. In 2014, approximately 17,000 degrees were awarded by public four-year institutions. In addition, 92,985 individuals were trained in 2013 by one of the state’s 15 community colleges.

Community Colleges

The state’s community college system offers a multitude of certificate and degree programs as well as customized workforce training solutions for Mississippi’s industries. Visit the workforce section of the MDA website for more details on the following:

Programs Offered
Community College Profiles
Maps of Mississippi’s Community Colleges

Universities

For additional information on Mississippi’s higher education degree attainment, an interactive data portal is available, which contains the detailed statistics below.

 

Maps of Mississippi’s Public Universities