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Report: Mississippi manufacturing hindered by state’s poor educational levels of workforce

button_educationAs first reported by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Mississippi’s manufacturing sector is being held back by its dismal record of educational achievement as the state received average grades for manufacturing and logistics, says a new report from Ball State University.

» Read the Mississippi Business Journal’s opinion on this report

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, an in-depth analysis from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research, grades all 50 states.

Mississippi received the following grades:

» Manufacturing: C+

» Logistics: C-

» Human Capital: F

» Worker Benefit Costs: B

» Tax Climate: B

» Expected Liability Gap: D

» Global Reach: D

» Sector Diversification: A

» Productivity and Innovation: F

“Mississippi’s grades dropped from “C” to “D” in global position category due to lower relative export growth,” says CBER director Michael Hicks. “As with neighboring states, the real drag on Mississippi’s manufacturing sector is its dismal record of educational achievement.”

The continued expansion of the nation’s manufacturing sector continues to be one of the bright spots for the recovery. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough to drag the entire economy into a full blown recovery, he says.

CBER prepared the report at the request of Conexus Indiana, the state’s advanced manufacturing initiative. It is available here.

About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

One comment

  1. I am embarrassed, disappointed, and outraged for Mississippi. The performance of current and past leadership is the blame for these results. Wake up, Mississippi and take note of what is going on. Step outside the state and educate yourself on how others are succeeding.

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