Labor & Data
Mississippi Facts and Figures
Mississippi is named for the Mississippi River which forms its western boundary and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The state is known for our contributions to food, literature and the Mississippi Delta is considered to be the birthplace of America’s music. To complement the quality of life, Mississippi offers numerous assets for businesses looking to relocate or expand.
|Governor||Tate Reeves (R)|
|Labor Force (2019)||1,267,500|
|Number of Counties||82|
|Climate||A subtropical climate with long summers, short and mild winters, and abundance of sunshine.|
|Land Area||46,923 miles|
|Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs)||Four: FTZ No. 092, FTZ No. 158, FTZ No. 262, FTZ No. 287|
|GDP (2018)||$114.1 billion|
|Exports (2019)||$11.8 billion|
|Neighboring States||Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee|
|Top Export Markets (2018)||Canada, Mexico, Panama, China, Japan|
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Source: U.S. Census, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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Total Establishments & Employment by Industry
|Supersector||Number of establishments Private Q2 2015||Employment Private Sept. 2015|
|Trade, Transportation and Utilities||19,448||222,901|
|Leisure and Hospitality||6,612||113,107|
|Total, all industries||71,196||910,239|
|Education and Health Services||7,614||134,297|
|Professional and Business Services||12,463||101,900|
|Natural Resources and Mining||2,063||14,615|
Source: U.S. BLS, QCEW, Q4 2018.
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 16.0 percent of the total output in the state, employing 12.5 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $17.88 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 144.78 thousand manufacturing employees in Mississippi in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $60,849.10 in 2017.
Source: National Association of Manufacturers
Employment and Wage Estimates by Occupation
|Occupation Code||Occupation Title||Employment||Median Hourly Wage||Mean Hourly Wage||Annual Mean Wage|
|13-0000||Business and Financial Operations Occupations||34,000||$27.42||$29.68||$61,740|
|15-0000||Computer and Mathematical Occupations||13,100||$31.04||$33.98||$70,670|
|17-0000||Architecture and Engineering Occupations||14,950||$34.81||$36.30||$75,500|
|19-0000||Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations||7,150||$26.76||$30.09||$62,580|
|21-0000||Community and Social Service Occupations||14,430||$17.59||$19.16||$39,840|
|25-0000||Education, Training and Library Occupations||73,100||$19.75||$21.39||$44,500|
|27-0000||Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Occupations||8,420||$17.87||$21.40||$44,510|
|29-0000||Health Care Practitioners and Technical Occupations||78,860||$25.76||$31.38||$65,270|
|31-0000||Health Care Support Occupations||45,380||$10.85||$11.89||$24,720|
|33-0000||Protective Service Occupations||32,180||$14.79||$16.26||$33,820|
|35-0000||Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations||102,470||$9.23||$10.36||$21,550|
|37-0000||Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations||34,750||$10.40||$11.59||$24,110|
|39-0000||Personal Care and Service Occupations||23,220||$9.64||$12.04||$25,040|
|41-0000||Sales and Related Occupations||117,170||$11.04||$15.12||$31,440|
|43-0000||Office and Administrative Support Occupations||144,010||$14.77||$16.26||$33,810|
|45-0000||Farming, Fishing and Forestry Occupations||4,660||$15.24||$17.41||$36,210|
|47-0000||Construction and Extraction Occupations||42,570||$18.05||$19.65||$40,870|
|49-0000||Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations||51,750||$19.25||$21.07||$43,820|
|53-0000||Transportation and Material Moving Occupations||122,600||$13.44||$16.05||$33,390|
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Source: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics. Data from May 2018 survey.