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North Labor Shed

The Northern Counties in the Delta Strong region draw from a 10-county region stretching North to Memphis. The counties in this North Delta Labor Shed area include: Tunica MS, Coahoma MS, Panola MS, Quitman MS, and Tallahatchie MS.

They draw labor from the following counties: Tunica MS, Coahoma MS, Quitman MS, Panola MS, Tallahatchie MS, Grenada MS, Lafayette MS, DeSoto MS, Tate MS, and Shelby TN.

The following are the raw numbers of people employed by occupation code in our Delta Strong North labor shed region:

Engineering Talent

  • 1,425 Industrial Engineers
  • 1,083 Civil Engineers
  • 501 Mechanical Engineers
  • 455 Electrical Engineers
  • 272 Environmental Engineers
  • 260 Chemists
  • 129 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • 117 Chemical Engineers
  • 91 Biomedical Engineers
  • 81 Health and Safety Engineers
  • 61 Nuclear Engineers
  • 59 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 53 Aerospace Engineers
  • 52 Materials Engineers

Skilled Labor

  • 13,934 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 6,710 Team Assemblers
  • 6,540 Packers and Packagers, Hand
  • 6,419 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  • 6,059 Military Occupations
  • 5,418 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
  • 5,103 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 4,356 Construction Laborers
  • 2,694 Electricians
  • 2,678 Carpenters
  • 2,621 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • 2,511 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
  • 2,427 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • 2,296 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
  • 1,746 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
  • 1,639 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • 1,419 Machinists
  • 1,384 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 1,285 Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers
  • 1,266 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 1,40 Software Developers, Applications
  • 936 Industrial Production Managers
  • 899 Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
  • 868 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 787 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 769 Cargo and Freight Agents
  • 758 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
  • 734 Paper Goods Machine Operators
  • 696 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 683 Conveyor Operators
  • 643 Human Resources Managers
  • 607 Logisticians
  • 600 Food Batchmakers
  • 594 Software Developers, Systems Software
  • 483 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • 456 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 388 Chemical Technicians
  • 382 Chemical Plant and System Operators
  • 377 Millwrights
  • 331 Sailors and Marine Oilers
  • 329 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 314 Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • 313 Medical Transcriptionists
  • 310 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  • 293 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  • 286 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 265 Mechanical Drafters
  • 254 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • 251 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
  • 244 Chemical Equipment Operators
  • 240 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • 240 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
  • 231 Extruding Machine Operators
  • 224 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
  • 213 Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
  • 208 Separating and Filtering Machine Operators
  • 207 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 205 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators
  • 205 Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 204 Multiple Machine Tool Operators
  • 186 Sawing Machine Operators
  • 185 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • 170 Painters, Transportation Equipment
  • 166 Woodworking Machine Setters
  • 156 Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • 154 Logging Equipment Operators
  • 143 Pipelayers
  • 142 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators
  • 138 Rolling Machine Operators
  • 113 Tool and Die Makers

Growth Occupations in our Delta Strong North Labor Shed

The following occupations have grown by each respective percentage from 2010-2016:

  • 44% growth in Millwrights
  • 40% growth in Civil Engineers
  • 27% growth in Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 25% growth in Logging Equipment Operators
  • 25% growth in Electrical Engineers
  • 24% growth in Chemical Plant and System Operators
  • 23% growth in Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
  • 23% growth in Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • 22% growth in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 22% growth in Team Assemblers
  • 21% growth in Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 20% growth in Rolling Machine Operators
  • 20% growth in Packers and Packagers, Hand
  • 18% growth in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
  • 18% growth in Machinists
  • 18% growth in Grinding, Lapping, Polishing Machine Operators
  • 17% growth in Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 16% growth in Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 16% growth in Sheet Metal Workers
  • 16% growth in Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • 16% growth in Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 15% growth in Chemical Engineers
  • 15% growth in Welders, Cutters, Solders, and Brazers
  • 15% growth in Heavy and Tractor- Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 14% growth in Inspectors, Testers, Sorters
  • 14% growth in Industrial Engineers
  • 13% growth in Software Developers, Systems Software
  • 13% growth in Mechanical Engineers
  • 12% growth in Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • 11% growth in Chemical Technicians
  • 11% growth in Construction Laborers
  • 11% growth in Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
  • 10% growth in Logisticians

Delta Strong North Labor Shed vs. US Average

We have more people employed in the following occupations than the US average labor shed:

  • 356% more Conveyor Operators and Tenders
  • 300% more Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
  • 284% more Weighers, Measurers, and Samplers
  • 152% more Chemical Plant and System Operators
  • 149% more Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
  • 112% more Cargo and Freight Agents
  • 109% more Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 106% more Millwrights
  • 103% more Packers and Packagers, Hand
  • 90% more Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • 86% more Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 84% more Paper Goods Machine Operators
  • 66% more Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 57% more Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
  • 36% more Team Assemblers
  • 36% more Furnace, Kiln, Oven, and Kettle Operators
  • 35% more Chemical Technicians
  • 30% more Industrial Engineers
  • 23% more Industrial Production Managers
  • 23% more Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 22% more Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 18% more Telemarketers

Data provided by the University of Southern Mississippi's Economic Development Research Center