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Mississippi Facts

Mississippi Manufacturing:

  • Manufacturers engage in exporting more than other sectors of the economy. In 2009, manufactured goods accounted for 94 percent of Mississippi’s exports.
  • Mississippi manufacturers exported $5.4 billion to the world in 2009.
  • One of every 20 private sector jobs in manufacturing depended on exports in 2008.
  • The average manufacturing plant in Mississippi employs about 65 employees.
  • In 2009, manufacturing employed 145,000 Mississippians (full time and part time).
  • Mississippi manufacturing multiplies every dollarspent into an additional $2.23 in economic activity, greater than any other sector.
  • For every 100 manufacturing jobs in a Mississippi community, $3,885,648 more personal income per year is added.
  • Mississippi manufacturers paid $5.8 billion in total wages and salaries in 2009 — 14.3% of all nonfarm wages and salaries — ranking 11th among all states.

The Impact of Manufacturing Jobs on Your Community:

For every 100 jobs, typically the following is added to a community:

  • 156 more people
  • 52 more families
  • 34 additional manufacturing jobs
  • 89 non-manufacturing jobs
  • $3,885,648 more personal income per year
  • $2,370,245 more retail sales per year

Mississippi’s Largest Manufacturing Employers:

 

Industry Employment
Transportation Equipment 23,700
Food Products 21,300
Furniture & Fixtures 20,150
Primary & Fabricated Metals 16,500
Lumber & Wood Products 16,300
Electrical & Electronic 15,400
Machinery 14,800
Chemicals, Plastics & Rubber 14,550
Apparel & Textiles 8,900
Printing & Publishing 6,800
Paper Products 5,950
Stone & Concrete 5,250

Manufacturers Pay

  • In 2009, Mississippi manufacturing jobs paid 22% more than the state average compensation for the rest of the workforce.
  • Mississippi manufacturers paid $5.8 billion in wages and salaries in 2009 —14.3% of all nonfarm earnings.
  • Fifty-two Fortune 500 companies have 118 manufacturing plants in Mississippi.

Manufacturing Contributes

  • Productivity growth produces rising incomes. Manufacturing productivity (output per hour) rose 2.88% annually from 2000 to 2009 compared to 2% for nonfarm businesses in general.
  • Manufacturing facilities are located in all of Mississippi’s 82 counties.
  • Manufacturing contributed $16.2 billion to the gross state product of Mississippi in 2009 — 17% of the total.
  • Mississippi ranks 7th in the nation in manufacturing employment in 2009 at 9.7%compared to the U.S. percentage of 7.1%.

Mississippi Manufacturing in 2009

  • Contributed $1 out of every $6.98 of all employee nonfarm wages and salaries.
  • Provided more than 8 direct jobs out of every 100 jobs in the state.
  • Contributed $16.2 billion to Mississippi’s gross state product.
  • Had an average annual pay of $41,221, employing 145,000 citizens (full time and part time wages and salaries).
  • Mississippi’s top export markets in 2009 included Canada, Mexico, Panama, Afghanistan, China, and Belgium. Exports to Canada exceeded $1.1 billion.
  • In 2008, 1,247 Mississippi plants shipped products to more than 185 different countries around the world.
  • Mississippi’s leading export category is petroleum and coal products, valued at $1.4 billion in 2009.
  • Seventy-five international companies from 22 nations are engaged in manufacturing at 95 Mississippi plants, directly employing more than 14,229 Mississippians.
  • In 2009, manufacturing directly employed 145,000 Mississippians (full time and part time).
  • Based on a statewide manufacturing multiplier of 1.44, direct manufacturing jobs helped to add another 210,096 jobs in our local communities.