Mississippi Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 74,405 employers, up 1.9% from 73,040
  • 1,126,940 employees, up 0.7% from 1,119,445
  • $779 average weekly wage, up 1.8% from $765
  • The average weekly wage is 34.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 14.3% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 1,365, which is an increase of 1.9%. The number of employees in Mississippi increased by 7,495, an increase of 0.7%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $14, an increase of 1.8%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 1,359 or 2.0%. Growth in private businesses in Mississippi grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 7,820 or 0.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Mississippi was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $14 or 1.9%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Mississippi grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


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 increased by 0.9%. Professional services (10.1%), which increased by 4.0% and Healthcare (9.3%), which increased by 2.0%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Transport and warehousing1756.4%
Professional services2914.0%
Construction1582.8%
Educational services192.7%
Waste services1112.7%
Accommodation and food services1492.6%
Arts and entertainment162.1%
Healthcare1352.0%
Real estate and rental501.8%
Other services721.6%
Agriculture and forestry201.2%
Finance and insurance531.1%
Retail trade1000.9%
Wholesale trade440.9%
Information60.6%
Manufacturing-17-0.7%
Company management-7-1.1%
Mining and oil extraction-5-1.1%
Utilities-11-2.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Manufacturing with 13.0% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.5% in the last year. Retail trade (12.0%), decreased by 1.5% 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 warehousing2,4955.3%
Construction1,0562.5%
Waste services1,3012.0%
Manufacturing2,1911.5%
Wholesale trade4791.4%
Healthcare1,8501.4%
Real estate and rental1531.3%
Mining and oil extraction501.3%
Accommodation and food services9300.8%
Company management490.4%
Finance and insurance1380.4%
Agriculture and forestry320.3%
Educational services180.2%
Other services-31-0.2%
Arts and entertainment-53-0.6%
Professional services-331-1.0%
Retail trade-2,135-1.5%
Information-193-1.7%
Utilities-179-2.3%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $1,849per week compared with the state average of $766. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $71 or 4.0%. Company management ($1,822), declined by $28 or 1.5% and Mining and oil extraction ($1,583) increased by $91 or 6.1% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Mining and oil extraction$916.1%
Other services$264.0%
Real estate and rental$284.0%
Utilities$714.0%
Transport and warehousing$313.7%
Waste services$183.6%
Educational services$213.2%
Accommodation and food services$92.8%
Wholesale trade$322.8%
Healthcare$192.4%
Retail trade$122.4%
Finance and insurance$231.9%
Information$181.8%
Arts and entertainment$51.4%
Construction$131.4%
Professional services$141.3%
Agriculture and forestry$50.7%
Manufacturing$-7-0.7%
Company management$-28-1.5%


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 4,576 employing 88,934 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 135 more businesses, an increase of 3.0% in the last year. Gasoline stations with convenience stores (2.8% of businesses) added 68 businesses, an increase of 3.3% and Offices of physicians (2.3% of businesses) added 33 businesses, an increase of 1.9% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Footwear merchant wholesalers2100.0%
Political organizations866.7%
Parking lots and garages660.0%
Monetary authorities - central bank150.0%
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.444.4%
Natural gas extraction440.0%
Sporting goods merchant wholesalers1040.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places1353.0%
Computer systems design and related services714.5%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores683.3%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters636.2%
Other specialized trucking local5610.7%
Temporary help services565.3%
Accounting and bookkeeping services484.5%


Employees by Industry

Gasoline stations with convenience stores (2.8% of employees) added 68 employees, an increase of 3.3% and Offices of physicians (2.3% ofemployees) added 33 employees, an increase of 1.9% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Political organizations19175.6%
Coffee and tea manufacturing8171.4%
Distilleries1298.0%
Paint and coating manufacturing14692.2%
Local messengers and local delivery44989.8%
Other financial vehicles383.3%
Wiring device manufacturing7772.2%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places1,0471.2%
Services for the elderly and disabled8398.8%
Temporary help services6392.5%
Electrical equipment manufacturing61412.6%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing48660.1%
Landscaping services47114.7%
Offices of physicians4682.3%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Gasoline stations with convenience stores ($3) and Offices of physicians ($2) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Gasoline stations with convenience stores ($3 per week) were paid $68 more per week, an increase of 3.3% and Offices of physicians ($2 per week) were paid $33 more per week, an increase of 1.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Promoters with facilities$14092.1%
Other support activities for air transport.$76181.0%
Business to business electronic markets$85759.3%
Financial transaction processing and clearing$60151.9%
Coffee and tea manufacturing$16951.4%
Emergency and other relief services$84445.7%
Motor vehicle metal stamping$37644.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Business to business electronic markets$85759.3%
Emergency and other relief services$84445.7%
Other support activities for air transport.$76181.0%
Coal mining$61229.9%
Financial transaction processing and clearing$60151.9%
Photographic equip. merchant wholesalers$51142.5%
Other telecommunications$50937.3%


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 92.9%. (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%.



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.