Mississippi Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 73,727 employers, up 0.4% from 73,448
  • 1,136,379 employees, up 0.3% from 1,132,481
  • $767 average weekly wage, up 2.0% from $752
  • The average weekly wage is 30.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 13.9% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 279, which is an increase of 0.4%. The number of employees in Mississippi increased by 3,898, an increase of 0.3%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $15, an increase of 2.0%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 279 or 0.4%. Growth in private businesses in Mississippi grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 3,276 or 0.4%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Mississippi was slower than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $15 or 2.0%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Mississippi grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Retail trade with 15.7% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector declined by 1.0%. Professional services (10.1%), which increased by 2.6% and Healthcare (9.3%), which increased by 1.0%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Transport and warehousing792.9%
Professional services1892.6%
Accommodation and food services791.4%
Waste services501.2%
Healthcare701.0%
Arts and entertainment50.7%
Construction400.7%
Information70.7%
Real estate and rental50.2%
Educational services10.1%
Finance and insurance-7-0.1%
Other services-17-0.4%
Agriculture and forestry-9-0.5%
Company management-4-0.6%
Manufacturing-21-0.9%
Retail trade-115-1.0%
Wholesale trade-55-1.2%
Utilities-7-1.4%
Mining and oil extraction-11-2.4%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Manufacturing with 12.9% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.3% in the last year. Retail trade (12.0%), decreased by 1.8% and Healthcare (11.8%), increased by 1.4%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing2,1924.6%
Healthcare1,8691.4%
Manufacturing1,9421.3%
Wholesale trade4481.3%
Arts and entertainment1071.0%
Real estate and rental1121.0%
Accommodation and food services1,0040.8%
Finance and insurance1240.4%
Waste services-101-0.2%
Professional services-170-0.5%
Construction-344-0.7%
Other services-272-1.3%
Retail trade-2,464-1.8%
Educational services-217-1.8%
Company management-217-1.9%
Information-211-1.9%
Agriculture and forestry-244-2.0%
Utilities-178-2.2%
Mining and oil extraction-102-2.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,461per week compared with the state average of $747. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $27 or 1.9%. Utilities ($1,440), rose by $21 or 1.5% and Mining and oil extraction ($1,436) increased by $25 or 1.8% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Other services$355.4%
Healthcare$263.3%
Waste services$163.1%
Real estate and rental$213.1%
Educational services$202.9%
Transport and warehousing$242.9%
Accommodation and food services$92.7%
Wholesale trade$262.4%
Manufacturing$212.3%
Finance and insurance$222.0%
Company management$271.9%
Mining and oil extraction$251.8%
Utilities$211.5%
Retail trade$71.4%
Agriculture and forestry$50.7%
Arts and entertainment$10.3%
Information$20.2%
Construction$-16-1.7%
Professional services$-24-2.1%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Mississippi. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.2% of the businesses in the state (with 4,544 employing 92,741 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 63 more businesses, an increase of 1.4% in the last year. Gasoline stations with convenience stores (2.8% of businesses) added 11 businesses, an increase of 0.5% and Offices of physicians (2.4% of businesses) added 4 businesses, an increase of 0.2% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Footwear merchant wholesalers3150.0%
Parking lots and garages660.0%
Monetary authorities - central bank150.0%
Political organizations642.9%
Hunting and trapping337.5%
Software publishers1136.7%
Cut and sew apparel contractors233.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places631.4%
Accounting and bookkeeping services555.1%
Computer systems design and related services523.3%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters514.9%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers4618.0%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers4421.7%
Temporary help services413.9%


Employees by Industry

Gasoline stations with convenience stores (2.8% of employees) added 11 employees, an increase of 0.5% and Offices of physicians (2.4% ofemployees) added 4 employees, an increase of 0.2% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Political organizations23138.7%
Wiring device manufacturing8886.9%
Other financial vehicles383.3%
Paint and coating manufacturing12676.6%
Geophysical surveying and mapping services1760.7%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing47657.6%
Forging and stamping16155.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places8921.0%
Services for the elderly and disabled8168.3%
Electrical equipment manufacturing72114.7%
Offices of physicians5982.9%
Other specialized trucking long-distance58821.4%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing47657.6%
Electrical and wiring contractors4387.8%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Open-end investment funds, paying $3,958 compared with the state average of $747. Employees in the Open-end investment funds industry were paid $1,324 more per week, an increase of 50.3% in the last year. Miscellaneous intermediation ($3,935) and Securities brokerage ($2,622) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Miscellaneous intermediation ($3,935 per week) were paid $323 more per week, an increase of 8.9% and Securities brokerage ($2,622 per week) were paid $573 less per week, a decline of 17.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Coffee and tea manufacturing$598126.4%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$43763.9%
Other support activities for air transport.$51060.4%
Open-end investment funds$1,32450.3%
Office equipment rental and leasing$28942.3%
Pottery ceramics and plumbing fixture mfg$10333.9%
Book publishers$19733.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Open-end investment funds$1,32450.3%
Coffee and tea manufacturing$598126.4%
Other support activities for air transport.$51060.4%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$43763.9%
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$41426.4%
Direct life and health insurance carriers$35027.1%
Miscellaneous intermediation$3238.9%


Company Size

Mississippi Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Mississippi by far. 57.1% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 67,461 small businesses in the state represent 95.7% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Mississippi added 1,359 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.0% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 1,354 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.0% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 2 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 3 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Mississippi Employees by Business Size

Mississippi added 23,461 employees in the last year, an increase of 2.7% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 10,952 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 19.4% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 3,290 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 1.0% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 9,219 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 7.8% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Mississippi Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Mississippi workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Mississippi (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 22.0% less than the national average ($824 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Mississippi (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 103.7% workers below the national average ($939 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $63 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $22 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.0% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $34 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Restaurants and other eating places4,5441.4%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,0740.5%
Offices of physicians1,7360.2%
Computer systems design and related services1,6453.3%
Offices of lawyers1,493-0.3%
Insurance agencies and brokerages1,4800.9%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,1285.1%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters1,0974.9%
Temporary help services1,0973.9%
Commercial banking1,0400.2%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places92,7411.0%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters29,854-0.9%
General medical and surgical hospitals26,7170.8%
Temporary help services25,706-2.1%
Offices of physicians21,3572.9%
Casino hotels18,264-1.6%
Animal slaughtering and processing17,8971.3%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing17,8081.8%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores15,539-4.1%
Other household and institutional furniture15,240-2.6%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Open-end investment funds$3,95850.3%
Miscellaneous intermediation$3,9358.9%
Securities brokerage$2,622-17.9%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$2,595-13.6%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,4496.2%
Investment banking and securities dealing$2,298-15.0%
Management training$2,043-13.1%
Crude petroleum extraction$2,024-9.2%
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$1,98326.4%
Electric power generation$1,903-9.6%




Data Sources




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