These Are The 10 Cities In Mississippi With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Mississippi with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Mississippi for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Magnolia State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Madison(Jobs)
  2. Clinton(Jobs)
  3. Brandon(Jobs)
  4. Ridgeland(Jobs)
  5. Southaven(Jobs)
  6. Ocean Springs(Jobs)
  7. D’Iberville
  8. Canton(Jobs)
  9. Hernando(Jobs)
  10. Petal(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Madison takes the cake as the place in Mississippi with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Mississippi that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Mississippi job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Mississippi With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Mississippi’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 43 places in Mississippi.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 43 with one being the “most employed city in Mississippi”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Madison

Madison, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,871
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Madison comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.8 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Clinton

Clinton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,486
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Clinton doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Brandon

Brandon, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,616
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Brandon, earning the bronze medal with a score of 5.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Ridgeland

Population: 24,209
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Ridgeland. With a population of 24209 residents, Ridgeland is a solid place to move in Mississippi if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Southaven

Southaven, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,389
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Southaven. Numbering around 50389 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 5.8%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,446
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
The city of Ocean Springs is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. D’Iberville

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,161
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of D’Iberville. With a unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Canton

Canton, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,321
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Coming in at #8, Canton has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Mississippi’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Hernando

Hernando, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,723
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Hernando, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Petal

Petal, Mississippi

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,675
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Petal, Mississippi. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 43.

Petal’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Mississippi

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Mississippi with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Yazoo City
  2. Greenville
  3. Clarksdale

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Mississippi

City Rank Unemployment
Madison 1 3.8%
Clinton 2 4.0%
Brandon 3 5.0%
Ridgeland 4 5.0%
Southaven 5 5.8%
Ocean Springs 6 5.9%
D’Iberville 7 6.1%
Canton 8 6.3%
Hernando 9 6.5%
Petal 10 6.9%
Byram 11 6.9%
Oxford 12 6.9%
Olive Branch 13 8.1%
Bay St. Louis 14 8.2%
Gautier 15 8.4%
Pearl 16 8.6%
Vicksburg 17 8.7%
Grenada 18 8.8%
Mccomb 19 8.9%
Tupelo 20 9.1%
Long Beach 21 9.3%
Brookhaven 22 9.7%
Biloxi 23 10.2%
Horn Lake 24 10.3%
Pascagoula 25 10.6%
Meridian 26 10.9%
Cleveland 27 11.1%
Corinth 28 11.5%
Gulfport 29 11.5%
Laurel 30 11.9%
Jackson 31 12.1%
Starkville 32 12.5%
Picayune 33 12.6%
Natchez 34 12.8%
Greenwood 35 13.7%
Moss Point 36 15.0%
Hattiesburg 37 15.1%
Columbus 38 17.0%
West Point 39 17.4%
Indianola 40 18.2%
Clarksdale 41 18.4%
Greenville 42 22.4%
Yazoo City 43 27.4%
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