The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Mississippi For 2020

by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in Mississippi.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Mississippi.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Mississippi. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in Mississippi

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Mississippi metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in Mississippi.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-32 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Madison area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.8%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 32 metro areas from 1-to-32. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Hernando

Hernando, MS

Unemployment Rate: 3.63%
Average Income: $98,777

2. Ridgeland

Ridgeland, MS

Unemployment Rate: 4.96%
Average Income: $90,305

3. Brandon

Brandon, MS

Unemployment Rate: 2.57%
Average Income: $89,466

4. Madison

Madison, MS

Unemployment Rate: 1.79%
Average Income: $138,806

5. Olive Branch

Olive Branch, MS

Unemployment Rate: 4.79%
Average Income: $82,994

6. D’Iberville

Unemployment Rate: 6.64%
Average Income: $61,861

7. Clinton

Clinton, MS

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Unemployment Rate: 2.82%
Average Income: $75,688

8. Laurel

Laurel, MS

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Unemployment Rate: 10.23%
Average Income: $54,376

9. Gautier

Gautier, MS

Unemployment Rate: 8.41%
Average Income: $62,260

10. Biloxi

Biloxi, MS

Unemployment Rate: 9.11%
Average Income: $61,084


You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Madison and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While Madison and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Mississippi, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Madison will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Mississippi

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Hernando 3.63% $98,777
2 Ridgeland 4.96% $90,305
3 Brandon 2.57% $89,466
4 Madison 1.79% $138,806
5 Olive Branch 4.79% $82,994
6 D’iberville 6.64% $61,861
7 Clinton 2.82% $75,688
8 Laurel 10.23% $54,376
9 Gautier 8.41% $62,260
10 Biloxi 9.11% $61,084
11 Tupelo 5.75% $67,680
12 Southaven 4.73% $72,358
13 Oxford 8.32% $63,651
14 Ocean Springs 6.99% $76,195
15 Byram 2.64% $73,072
16 Pascagoula 11.28% $57,892
17 Pearl 7.41% $57,948
18 Jackson 11.77% $54,744
19 Horn Lake 8.52% $58,989
20 Long Beach 6.93% $64,332
21 Vicksburg 7.77% $47,112
22 Starkville 8.99% $56,929
23 Gulfport 11.54% $53,511
24 Meridian 8.82% $51,822
25 Moss Point 10.22% $56,236
26 Columbus 12.73% $50,766
27 Corinth 13.36% $47,905
28 Greenville 14.54% $47,607
29 Canton 5.14% $51,669
30 Hattiesburg 13.0% $49,442
31 Clarksdale 16.37% $44,560
32 Natchez 10.31% $43,027
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