Volume 2 Issue 3 June 2004 Applied Research Note 1

Data collection of fiscal year 2003 tourism employment and payroll data for Mississippi

by Thomas E. Van Hyning (Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), Division of Tourism)

Data collection for the Employment and Payroll components of Mississippi’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Tourism Economic Impact Report are presented within the context of NAICS. Mississippi’s estimated 91,500 direct tourism-related jobs in FY 2003 comprised 8.1 percent, or 1/12 of the statewide non-agricultural establishment-based employment for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2003. The 91,500 direct tourism-related jobs ranked second in the state’s Service Sector behind Health Care & Social Assistance’s (NAICS 62) 138,670 jobs. Mississippi’s FY 2003 tourism-related payroll was $1.59 billion. Selected county level tourism-related employment indicators and practical/managerial implications are highlighted.

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