Mississippi Employment Statistics

  • 74,007 employers
  • 1,130,715 employees
  • $764 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 30.6% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 14.3% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Mississippi Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 3,818 more businesses
  • 49,577 more employees
  • 4.6% increase in total wages
  • $5,900 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 17.4% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Mississippi Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Hinds County Mississippi, 5,492
County with the Most Employees: Hinds County Mississippi, 85,861
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Kemper County Mississippi, $1,171
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Jefferson County Mississippi, 12.8%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Mississippi, see: Mississippi Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Mississippi see:Mississippi Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 3,723,206 employed workers
  • 111,170 unemployed workers
  • 2.9% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Mississippi, see: Mississippi Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 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

Quarterly employment statistics for Mississippi, see: Mississippi Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.