Mississippi is the 38th Best State for Business 2013

Previous State: Rhode Island Next State: Vermont

No. 38Mississippi

Taxations & Regulations

Workforce Quality

Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Key Metrics
State GDP 

  • % Growth ’10-’11: -0.8
  • % Growth ’10-’11 v. Nat’l Avg. (1.5%): -2.3


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2012 %: 8.9
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (7.80%): 1.1

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration ’10-’11: -6,672
  • Rank: 37

State Government

  • Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’10 ($): 2,182
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 647.7

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 10.2
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.9%): 0.38
Key Companies
  • Sanderson Farms
  • Cal-Maine Foods
  • BancorpSouth
  • Trustmark
Development Trend Indicator: Negative
Quality-of-workforce issues remain drag on economically sluggish state.
CEO Comments
“Louisiana and Mississippi are great, Texas good too.”

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Tax Foundation

Previous State: #37 Rhode Island Next State: #39 Vermont


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