Mississippi might have high unemployment rates, but there’s a silver lining. According to the Memphis Business Journal, Mississippi led a group of 13 states when it comes to slashing unemployment rates. The state has decreased unemployment averages by one full point in the 12 months leading up to October 2012.
Economics Jobs in Mississippi’s Corporate and Public Sectors
There are a number of large corporations headquartered in Mississippi. Managerial economists who opt for careers with large businesses are charged with researching, analyzing, and strategizing corporate policy and initiatives while advising executives on the best ways to position the company in the market place. Some of these companies include:
- Camgian Microsystems, Starkville
- Security Guard Services, Oxford
- Transcript Pharmacy, Jackson
- Morgan-White Group, Jackson
- Bomgar, Ridgeland
In the public sector, economists with advanced degrees secure careers with local government agencies. Nearly every government department requires the expertise of an economic analyst. Managing and maximizing the use of public funds requires top economists, comptrollers and accountants. These Mississippi-based state government agencies support many of the state’s economist jobs:
- Department of Interior
- Individual city offices
- State of Mississippi
- The Governor’s Office
- Wildlife Services
Economics Salaries in Mississippi
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports impressive earnings for economic analysts in Mississippi. The average salary is $62,010 or $29.81 per hour. There are currently 1,060 economic analysts working in Mississippi’s private sector, but this is just one profession where a background in economics is common.