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Greater Jackson Alliance Workforce Assessment
Warehouse and Distribution Sector

Younger Associates has evaluated the availability of skilled workers for the Warehouse and Distribution sector.  This evaluation is based upon a comprehensive workforce analysis completed in September 2008 in collaboration with Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech. 

To gain a current and accurate measurement of labor availability by skill set, Younger Associates conducted a labor supply survey that yielded data with a +4% margin of error.  The assessment found a skilled workforce and a pool of available and underemployed workers with skills directly related to the warehouse and distribution industry. For this report, labor availability has been updated to reflect March 2009 levels.

The Greater Jackson Alliance Area Labor Market has over 295,000 employed workers and a labor reserve of more than 210,000 potential and underemployed workers.   Over the past two decades a significant number of warehouse and distribution companies have located in the Greater Jackson Area; consequently a sizeable portion of the available workers are prepared for jobs related to logistics, materials handling and transportation.

A warehouse and distribution operation locating in the Greater Jackson Alliance Area could draw from a pool of over 24,200 experienced workers within the labor reserve who have directly-related skills.  These workers have prior work experience in warehousing, transportation and materials moving, mechanical repair, computer support, and unskilled manufacturing production.

In addition, the labor reserve offers workers with information systems, communications technology and customer support expertise.  Even the most technically advanced logistics employer can fully staff their entire operation from the Greater Jackson Alliance Area labor pool.  

Depending upon the exact location and commute zone within the area, a warehouse/distribution employer could expect to find 1,450 to 1,900 fully screened and qualified applicants at start-up.  Additional screened and qualified candidates would be available for ongoing expansion based upon the numbers of workers entering the workforce or completing qualifying training each year.

Each year colleges and universities serving the Greater Jackson Alliance Area produce more than 620 graduates of transportation/logistics related programs. These programs are: transportation and materials moving, mechanical/repair technology, and computer support.

There are over 2,300 people not currently employed who have expressed interest in training for transportation and heavy truck operation.

 

Table 1 below shows the number of people currently employed in the occupations listed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as directly related to the warehouse and distribution sector.  Also shown is the number of workers within each skill set area that are not currently employed but are interested in finding employment.  This group is comprised of the recently unemployed and groups such as people returning to the workforce after caring for family, entering the workforce after completing school or training, early retirees seeking to reenter the workforce, and separating military. The underemployed workers are currently working below their skill level, or only part time, and have demonstrated skills in the skill sets shown.

 

 

Table 1:  Greater Jackson Workforce Area Skill Sets:  Warehouse and Distribution

 Source: Younger Associates Labor Supply Survey 2008, Updated March 2009

Skill Set

 Currently Employed

 Not Employed, But Interested

Underemployed

 

Total

Availability

Warehousing

7,800

3,725

3,675

7,400

Manufacturing - Production

5,750

4,440

595

5,035

Transportation & Material Movers

13,500

1,290

1,790

3,080

Maintenance & Service Technicians

3,150

3,465

2,085

5,550

Computer IT/Support Technical

1,150

2,020

1,200

3,220

Total

31,350

14,940

9,345

24,285

 

 

Labor Quality and Cost

Employers were asked to rate their workforce, on a scale of one to five with five being highest on the following labor quality measures.

 

Work Ethic

3.0

Productivity

3.1

Willingness to work overtime

3.4

Punctuality

3.0

Overall employer/employee relations

3.4

 

 

 

 

 

 



Annual average wages for warehouse and distribution occupations in the Greater Jackson area range from 15% to 29% below the U.S. average wages. An exception is wages paid for long distance trucking, where the regional average wages are equal to the national average.

 

Workforce Education and Training

Table 2 below shows the total number of graduates and the number of graduates with degrees directly related to logistics and transportation from the colleges and universities serving the Greater Jackson Area.

 

Table 2: Greater Jackson Alliance Area Annual Logistics/Transportation Graduates

Source: US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS)

Name

Address

 Distance from Jackson, MS

 Type

 Total Enrollment

 Undergraduate Degree/ Certificate

Logistics/Trans

Graduates*

Alcorn State University

Alcorn

67.9 miles

4-yr, Public

3,688

559

19

Antonelli College

Jackson

0.4 miles

2-yr, Private for-profit

240

82

5

Belhaven College

Jackson

1.1 miles

4-yr, Private not-for-profit

2,485

470

6

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Wesson

42.9 miles

2-yr, Public

2,382

719

77

East Central Community College

Decatur

63.6 miles

2-yr, Public

2,281

485

49

Hinds Community College

Raymond

15.2 miles

2-yr, Public

9,941

1,476

78

Holmes Community College

Goodman

49.3 miles

2-yr, Public

5,107

641

35

Jackson State University  R

Jackson

0.5 miles

4-yr, Public

8,698

834

41

Jones Junior College

Ellisville

75.0 miles

2-yr, Public

4,683

904

58

Meridian Community College

Meridian

79.2 miles

2-yr, Public

3,543

667

47

Millsaps College

Jackson

2.4 miles

4-yr, Private not-for-profit

1,151

199

3

Mississippi College

Clinton

8.6 miles

4-yr, Private not-for-profit

4,467

542

14

Mississippi Delta Community College

Moorehead

82.0 miles

2-yr, Public

3,006

432

47

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena

83.4 miles

4-yr, Public

3,009

511

8

Southwest Mississippi Community College

Simmit

71.1 miles

2-yr, Public

1,843

407

21

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo

7.0 miles

4-yr, Private not-for-profit

856

131

1

University of Southern MississippiR

Hattiesburg

83.4 miles

4-yr, Public

14,592

2,277

85

Virginia College-Jackson

Jackson

5.1 miles

2-yr, Private for-profit

905

286

27

 Total Within Market Area

 

 

 

72,877

11,622

 

Mississippi State University R

Starkville

114.4 miles

4-yr, Public

17,039

2,588

42

University of Mississippi Main Campus  R

Oxford

148.2 miles

4-yr, Public

15,129

2,376

12

Total

 

 

 

105,045

16,586

621

*Programs of study include: Computer/Information Systems, Engineering & Engineering Technologies, Mechanical & Repair Technologies, Precision Production and Transportation & Materials Moving.

R - Carnegie Classified Research University

 

  

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Contact Information
By Post Mail:
Greater Jackson Alliance
Post Office Box 3318
Jackson, MS 39207-3318

By Phone:
We are available by phone to assist you M-F, 8AM to 5PM Central Time. Please feel free to call us anytime, though, and leave a message outside regular business hours.
Tel: 1.601.948.3111
Fax: 601.352.5539

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