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.









Ingalls wins NSC contract

PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price, incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build

Navy orders more MQ-8Cs

Northrop Grumman is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy, giving maritime commanders persistent, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). It brings to

Senators praise Northrop over contract

MOSS POINT, Miss. – Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker praised Northrop Grumman and the city for two separate contracts to build additional

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