Labor Force Participation in Mississippi and Other States
09/15/2011 - 03/09/2012
The Mississippi Governor’s Office commissioned the Upjohn Institute to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Mississippi’s workforce rate and to determine the causes and drivers of Mississippi’s low workforce participation rate so as to develop policies and programs to enhance the earnings capacity of Mississippi’s workers. The Institute’s report used data from the American Community Survey (ACS 2005-2009) and the Current Population Survey (CPS) to: (a) describe workforce participation in Mississippi and other states, highlighting differences between Mississippi and other states in workforce participation and other important economic indicators and demographic characteristics; (b) develop econometric estimates of the determinants of workforce participation that allow analysis and decomposition of the differences between Mississippi and other states; (c) draw conclusions about policies that might raise workforce participation in Mississippi.
Mississippi Department of Employment Security
LABOR MARKET ISSUES; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning