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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 (2018) $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 2,422 146,259
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 20,089 235,888
Leisure and Hospitality 6,575 132,728
Information 950 11,003
Service-Providing 60,696 704,080
Total, all industries 71,196 910,239
Goods-Producing 10,500 206,159
Education and Health Services 7,640 145,503
Professional and Business Services 12,626 114,736
Natural Resources and Mining 2,165 16,239
Other Services 4,734 21,056
Financial Activities 8,081 43,163
Construction 5,913 43,661

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 1,123,830 $14.70 $18.95 $39,420
11-0000 Management Occupations 56,330 $33.05 $39.19 $81,510
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 32,100 $26.76 $29.23 $60,800
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 12,380 $30.63 $33.62 $69,920
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 13,950 $34.11 $36.01 $74,910
19-0000 Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations 6,220 $26.14 $29.84 $62,060
21-0000 Community and Social Service Occupations 14,190 $17.64 $18.99 $39,490
23-0000 Legal Occupations 5,720 $27.29 $35.75 $74,360
25-0000 Education, Training and Library Occupations 74,730 $19.46 $21.24 $44,170
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Occupations 8,140 $18.00 $22.35 $46,480
29-0000 Health Care Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,780 $25.26 $30.86 $64,190
31-0000 Health Care Support Occupations 31,110 $11.30 $12.37 $25,720
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 32,290 $14.44 $15.90 $33,080
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 102,770 $9.15 $10.16 $21,130
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 35,550 $10.10 $11.34 $23,600
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 32,980 $9.62 $11.22 $23,350
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 115,820 $10.57 $14.61 $30,380
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 163,150 $14.17 $15.61 $32,480
45-0000 Farming, Fishing and Forestry Occupations 4,800 $15.23 $17.64 $36,690
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,250 $17.53 $19.24 $40,030
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations 51,980 $19.11 $20.82 $43,300
51-0000 Production Occupations 108,810 $14.88 $16.92 $35,200
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 99,780 $13.54 $16.01 $33,290

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Source: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics. Data from May 2018 survey.