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Mississippi is located in the southern region of the United States. The state is densely forested outside of the Mississippi Delta region. It covers a total area of 48,430.19 square miles and ranks 32nd in the nation in terms of land area. According to the 2005 estimate, Mississippi has 2.9 million residents. It ranks 31st in the nation in terms of population.
Per the Census Bureau, 12.3% of the population is more than 65 years of age and women comprise 51.4% of the state’s population. Of the residents who are over 25, 72.9% are high school graduates and 16.9% hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
Manufacturing was the chief industry of Mississippi in 1965 and became the leading income producer for the state’s economy. By the year 2000, Mississippi ranked 3rd in the United States in the production of cotton. Other important crops include rice and soybeans. With the development of oil resources since 1930, industry has grown rapidly. Mississippi is fast developing in the sector of dairy production, chicken production, and aquaculture. Fishing and seafood processing is profitable on the Gulf coast. The state has military air facilities located in Columbus, Biloxi, and Meridian.
In January 2009, the civilian workforce in Mississippi totaled about 1.3 million people, of which 8.7% were unemployed. The major sectors of non-farm labor market in Mississippi include Manufacturing (13.4%), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (19.4%), Professional and Business Services (8%), Leisure and Hospitality (10.9%), and Government (22.24%).
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