Rocket noise that can be heard for miles around the John C. Stennis Space Center strikes a sweet note for Mississippi’s economy. The impact is estimated at $616 million annually for a region that takes in a 50-mile radius of the center tucked into the southwest corner of Mississippi near Bay St. Louis. Without the center, the region would lose about 23,000 direct and indirect jobs, a February 2010 report on the Stennis Center’s economic impact concludes.
Personal income would have been reduced by $1.03 billion; and retail sales would have been reduced by $617.5 million according to the NASA-commissioned study by Dr. Charles A. Campbell, professor of economics at Mississippi State University.
Here’s a look at the Stennis workforce:
>> NASA and contractors – 2,203
(Stennis federal civil servants, 414; contractors and other, 1,789)
>> U.S. Department of Defense and contractors – 2,489
(Department of Navy and contractors, 2,138; Department of Army and contractors, 351)
>> U.S. Department of Commerce and contractors – 240
>> Other Resident Agencies – 476
The average annual salary with benefits is $87,000, NASA says.
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