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.









DHS picks Mississippi

Mississippi State University in Starkville was chosen by the Department of Homeland Security as a base of operations for drone research. Research

B&D expands, creating 35 jobs

B&D Plastics, LLC is expanding in Gautier, Miss., a $750,000 corporate investment that will create 35 jobs. B&D Plastics is one of the

Northrop expanding in Moss Point

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center will expand its operation at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point,

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