Labor Market


Jackson County’s labor market includes the six southern counties in Mississippi as well as the two most southern counties in Alabama, with a combined civilian labor force of approximately 400,000 within fifty miles.

Within Jackson County, Manufacturing (13,662), Health Care (6,081), Retail Trade (4,715), Education (4,129), Accommodation and Food Services (4,095), and Construction (3,621) are the largest industry sectors by number of employees. Mississippi Department of Employment Services. Labor Market Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program. 4Q 2012.

As a right-to-work state, Mississippi has traditionally had excellent labor/management relations. Lost work time due to strikes in the state is lower than the average for the Southeast and less than half that of the United States.









Ports, Cuba sign accords

The Mississippi ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport signed agreements in Cuba on Monday with an eye to future business and with a Republican U.S. senator from the state

USCG awards contracts

Ingalls Shipbuilding and VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula were among five companies that were awarded firm, fixed-price contracts from the U.S. Coast

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