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South Labor Shed

The Southern Counties in the Delta Strong region draw from a 15-county region stretching South to Jackson. The counties in this North Delta Labor Shed area include: Bolivar MS, Holmes MS, Humphreys MS, Issaquena MS, Leflore MS, Sharkey MS, Sunflower MS, and Washington MS.

They draw labor from the following counties: Chicot AR, Attala MS, Bolivar MS, Carroll MS, Hinds MS, Holmes MS, Humphreys MS, Issaquena MS, Leflore MS, Madison MS, Rankin MS, Sharkey MS, Sunflower MS, Warren MS, and Washington MS.

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

Engineering Talent

  • 576 Civil Engineers
  • 382 Industrial Engineers
  • 223 Environmental Engineers
  • 222 Mechanical Engineers
  • 213 Electrical Engineers
  • 204 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • 197 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 158 Chemists

Skilled Labor

  • 7,067 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 5,331 Team Assemblers
  • 4,510 Military Occupations
  • 3,419 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  • 2,563 Construction Laborers
  • 1,761 Electricians
  • 1,640 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • 1,511 Carpenters
  • 1,413 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 1,367 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • 1,313 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
  • 935 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • 932 Packers and Packagers, Hand
  • 926 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 803 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 740 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
  • 620 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
  • 574 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
  • 494 Machinists
  • 464 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 445 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators
  • 424 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
  • 403 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 387 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 377 Software Developers, Applications
  • 354 Industrial Production Managers
  • 324 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • 309 Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
  • 299 Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers
  • 294 Human Resources Managers
  • 270 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 231 Software Developers, Systems Software
  • 199 Millwrights
  • 188 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
  • 188 Logging Equipment Operators
  • 181 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 178 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • 171 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • 168 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  • 167 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • 160 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators
  • 152 Food Batchmakers
  • 149 Logisticians
  • 143 Paper Goods Machine Operators
  • 138 Rolling Machine Operators
  • 136 Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
  • 129 Sawing Machine Operators
  • 127 Pipelayers
  • 127 Sailors and Marine Oilers
  • 124 Cargo and Freight Agents
  • 118 Painters, Transportation Equipment
  • 110 Mechanical Drafters
  • 101 Tool and Die Makers
  • 100 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators
  • 95 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • 95 Separating and Filtering Machine Operators
  • 81 Extruding Machine Operators

Growth Occupations in our Delta Strong South Labor Shed

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

  • 65% growth in Rolling Machine Operators
  • 45% growth in Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
  • 42% growth in Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
  • 40% growth in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
  • 31% growth in Team Assemblers
  • 27% growth in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 25% growth in Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 22% growth in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • 21% growth in Weighers, Measurers, Checkers
  • 20% growth in CNC Machine Tool Programmers
  • 20% growth in Machinists
  • 20% growth in Heavy Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 19% growth in Tool and Die Makers
  • 19% growth in Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 18% growth in Telemarketers
  • 17% growth in Millwrights
  • 17% growth in Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • 17% growth in Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
  • 16% growth in Industrial Engineers
  • 16% growth in Mixing and Blending Machine Operators
  • 16% growth in Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • 14% growth in Petroleum Engineers
  • 14% growth in Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 14% growth in Geological and Petroleum Technicians
  • 14% growth in Metal-Refining Furnace Operators
  • 14% growth in Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
  • 13% growth in Crane and Tower Operators
  • 13% growth in Drilling and Boring Machine Operators
  • 12% growth in Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
  • 11% growth in Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  • 11% growth in Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 11% growth in Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
  • 11% growth in Boilermakers
  • 10% growth in Industrial Production Managers
  • 9% growth in Commercial Pilots

Delta Strong South Labor Shed vs. US Average

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

  • 772% more Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators
  • 625% more Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
  • 419% more Marine Engineers and Architects
  • 182% more Geological and Petroleum Engineers
  • 151% more Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
  • 147% more Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
  • 107% more Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 105% more Millwrights
  • 103% more Team Assemblers
  • 90% more Logging Equipment Operators
  • 72% more Sailors and Marine Oilers
  • 60% more Petroleum Engineers
  • 59% more Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 52% more Agricultural Equipment Operators
  • 50% more Machine Feeders and Offbearers
  • 50% more Boilermakers
  • 47% more Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators
  • 45% more Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 42% more Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • 34% more Commercial Pilots
  • 29% more Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers
  • 27% more Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators
  • 18% more Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  • 17% more Pipelayers
  • 16% more Sheet Metal Workers
  • 15% more Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • 12% more Electricians
  • 9% more Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • 9% more Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
  • 8% more Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 7% more Sawing Machine Operators

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