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Manufacturing


Greater Jackson Alliance Workforce Assessment                               
General Manufacturing Sector

 

Younger Associates has evaluated the suitability of the workforce and availability of skilled workers for the Manufacturing sector in the Greater Jackson Alliance area.  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, or readily transferable to, general manufacturing. 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.   The Greater Jackson Area has an established manufacturing base consisting of fabricated housing, food processing, metal fabrication, and wood products manufacturing. As a result, many of the available workers are prepared for manufacturing jobs.

The Greater Jackson Alliance Area has an available pool of over 22,700 experienced workers within the labor reserve who have skills directly related to manufacturing in general.  These workers have training and experience in skilled manufacturing, production manufacturing, industrial maintenance and materials handling. 

Additionally, there is a pool of workers in the labor reserve with skills in construction and special trades that bring the total availability to over 41,000 workers for manufacturers of manufactured housing and housing component or wood products.  A manufacturer in these industries could expect to attract 2,400 to 2,600 fully screened and qualified candidates depending upon the exact location within the Greater Jackson Area.

A food processing operation could draw from an available labor reserve pool of over 30,900 workers with skills in basic manufacturing and in food handling/preparation.  A food processing employer offering competitive wages could expect to attract 1,600 to 1,750 screened and qualified candidates.

The labor reserve also offers good availability of workers with business, office administration, and customer support expertise.  A manufacturer can fully staff their entire operation from the Greater Jackson Alliance Area labor pool.   

Each year, colleges and universities serving the Greater Jackson Alliance Area produce over 3,200 graduates of programs directly related to manufacturing.  More than 1,100 of these graduates are from schools within or in close proximity to the Greater Jackson Area.

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 general manufacturing 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 and have demonstrated skills in the skill sets shown.

 

Table 1:  Greater Jackson Workforce Area Skill Sets:  General Manufacturing

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

Skill Set

 Currently Employed

 Not Employed, But Interested

Underemployed

 

Total

Availability

Manufacturing - Skilled

13,225

5,640

3,455

9,095

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

Subtotal

35,625

14,835

7,925

22,760

Construction

5,495

4,850

2,975

7,825

Special Trades

4,600

3,950

6,550

10,500

Subtotal: Mfg + Construction & Trades

45,720

23,635

17,450

41,085

Food Preparation

11,630

7,900

330

8,230

Subtotal: Mfg. + Food Preparation

48,255

22,735

8,255

30,990

 

Note: The special trades skills include electricians, plumbers, pipe-fitters, steam-fitters, electronic and mechanical repair technicians.  Some of these skills are directly related to general manufacturing although others are not.  In determining the number of qualified manufacturing candidates, this skill group was conservatively screened down to the number of workers with the most directly applicable skills.

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


Overall, annual average wages for manufacturing occupations in the Greater Jackson Area range from 11% to 30% lower than the national average.  In some traditional manufacturing industries such as fabricated housing the annual average wage across all occupations is 33% lower than the national average wage in that industry.

Workforce Education and Training

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

 

Table 2: Greater Jackson Alliance Area Annual General Manufacturing Graduates

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

Name

Address

 Distance from Jackson, MS

 Type

 Total Enrollment

 Undergraduate Degree/ Certificate

General

Manufacturing Graduates*

Alcorn State University

Alcorn

67.9 miles

4-yr, Public

3,688

559

26

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

123

East Central Community College

Decatur

63.6 miles

2-yr, Public

2,281

485

86

Hinds Community College

Raymond

15.2 miles

2-yr, Public

9,941

1,476

145

Holmes Community College

Goodman

49.3 miles

2-yr, Public

5,107

641

70

Jackson State University  R

Jackson

0.5 miles

4-yr, Public

8,698

834

90

Jones Junior College

Ellisville

75.0 miles

2-yr, Public

4,683

904

116

Meridian Community College

Meridian

79.2 miles

2-yr, Public

3,543

667

79

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

15

Mississippi Delta Community College

Moorehead

82.0 miles

2-yr, Public

3,006

432

71

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena

83.4 miles

4-yr, Public

3,009

511

15

Southwest Mississippi Community College

Simmit

71.1 miles

2-yr, Public

1,843

407

37

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

205

Virginia College-Jackson

Jackson

5.1 miles

2-yr, Private for-profit

905

286

34

 Total  Within Market Area

 

 

 

72,877

11,622

1,127

Mississippi State University R

Starkville

114.4 miles

4-yr, Public

17,039

2,588

1,058

University of Mississippi Main Campus  R

Oxford

148.2 miles

4-yr, Public

15,129

2,376

1,062

Total

 

 

 

105,045

16,586

3,247

*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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