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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.

Mississippi Snapshot

Governor Tate Reeves (R)
Population (2018) 2,986,530
Labor Force (2019) 1,267,500
Capital Jackson
Number of Counties 82
Climate A subtropical climate with long summers, short and mild winters, and abundance of sunshine.
Land Area 46,923 miles
Coastline 62 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
Time Zone Central

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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
Manufacturing 2,366 136,534
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 19,448 222,901
Leisure and Hospitality 6,612 113,107
Information 951 9,340
Service-Providing 59,654 642,771
Total, all industries 71,196 910,239
Goods-Producing 10,156 194,160
Education and Health Services 7,614 134,297
Professional and Business Services 12,463 101,900
Natural Resources and Mining 2,063 14,615
Other Services 4,636 19,656
Financial Activities 7,930 41,570
Construction 5,727 43,011

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.

Manufacturing Data

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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
00-0000 All Occupations 1,128,280 $15.00 $19.27 $40,090
11-0000 Management Occupations 52,970 $34.88 $40.47 $84,180
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
23-0000 Legal Occupations 5,710 $27.80 $36.08 $75,040
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
51-0000 Production Occupations 104,830 $15.36 $17.18 $35,740
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.