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Mississippi Manufacturers Add Jobs Over The Past Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, May 7th, 2018/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Mississippi inched up over the past year, according to data collected by MNI (Manufacturers' News, Inc.), a publisher of industrial data for all fifty states. MNI reports manufacturers in Mississippi added 716 jobs from March 2017 to March 2018, amounting to a half percent gain.

MNI reports Mississippi is currently home to 2,630 manufacturers employing 163,013.

Mississippi’s manufacturing sector continues to benefit from a pro-business environment and low cost of living, which has helped draw numerous new companies to the state, particularly those in the transportation equipment industry,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state suffers from a shortage of skilled workers, aging infrastructure, and limited access to capital.”

MNI reports employment gains in Mississippi were led by the transportation equipment sector, which added 2.5% to its workforce over the year, and remains the state’s top sector by number of industrial jobs, employing 25,502.

Second-ranked food processing also added jobs, up 2.7% over the past twelve months, and currently employs 23,497 of Mississippi’s manufacturing workers. Together, these two sectors account for 30% of the state’s factory employment.

Employment increases were also seen in primary metals, up 6.5%; paper products, up 5%; and stone/clay/glass, up 2%.

A number of new plant announcements were made over the year, reports MNI, and included Peco Foods’ announcement of its new chicken processing facility in West Point, which will eventually employ 300. Industrial Wood Products recently announced plans to establish a wood pellet plant in Vicksburg, while Delta Southern UAS unveiled plans to break ground on a cutting-edge drone manufacturing facility in Clarksville.

These gains were offset, however, by a one percent loss in industrial machinery, which ranks third in the state with 18,222 jobs. Additional losses were reported in printing/publishing, down 5%; textiles/apparel, down 3%; rubber/plastics, also down 3%; electronics, down 2%; and fabricated metals, also down 2%.

Industrial locations announcing closures in Mississippi included Caterpillar, which shuttered its Oxford hose coupling plant, though that location has since been taken over by SMW Manufacturing. Casket maker Batesville Casket shut its doors and moved production to Mexico, while solar panel manufacturer Stion Corp closed its Hattiesburg operation.

MNI reports jobs edged up 1% in both Northeast and Southwest Mississippi, home to 46,696 and 36,029 workers, respectively. Industrial employment in the state’s Southeast region was little changed over the year, and is currently home to 53,610. Northwest Mississippi was the only region to lose jobs, down 1% to 226,578 workers.

City data collected by MNI shows Pascagoula remains the state’s top city by industrial employment, with 14,305 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year. Employment in second-ranked Laurel fell 2.1% to 7,663 industrial jobs, while employment in third-ranked Ellisville fell 1% and is currently home to 4,931 workers. Manufacturing employment surged 6% in fourth-ranked Tupelo to 4,722 workers, and was virtually unchanged in fifth-ranked Jackson at 4,535.

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