Industrial employment down in Mississippi - - Jackson, MS

Industrial employment down in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Outsourcing and the economic recession have contributed to a decline in Mississippi industrial jobs over the last year, according to a new report.

The 2010 Mississippi Manufacturers Register notes industrial employment in Mississippi fell 5.1 percent between Feb. 2009 and Feb. 2010.

The state lost 9,661 industrial jobs and 164 manufacturers during that time period, leaving Mississippi with 3,182 manufacturers employing 181,395 workers.

Companies closing facilities over the period include Whirlpool Corporation, which shuttered a location in Oxford; Clorox Manufacturing Products Company, which closed its Pine-Sol plant in Pearl; and Quebecor, which shut down its Olive Branch facility.

The register is published by Manufacturers' News Incorporated, which compiles and produces guides for all 50 states.

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