What Do We Have?

The workforce section provides a brief overview of Tunica County's working fields. The details that follow include major employers, hourly wages, benefits, job training, the labor force, unions, commuting patterns and education.

 

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WORK READY COMMUNITY CERTIFICATION

Tunica County has embarked on a National Certification Program – the Work Ready Community Certification.  The Work Ready Community Certification is a product of ACT (yes, the testing company), so any employee in any state receives the same testing and has the same results.  This certification is a collaboration between local schools and businesses to identify needed skills and provide training for students and those currently in the workforce.  The program centers on the Career Readiness Certificate which measures a person’s basic skill levels.  These levels can then be used by businesses to better match prospective and current employees to specific tasks.  All high school students in Mississippi will be required to take the CRC assessment prior to graduation.  The assessment can help indicate to a student their strengths and may influence their decision for a career in manufacturing, or other fields.

LABOR MARKET AREA

The primary labor market area for the Tunica Mega Site id drawn from a 50 mile radius around the site. The 1.4 million people in the labor market area can reach the site in a few minutes via excellent highway access.

 

There is a long-established pattern of workers commuting into Tunica County supported by excellent highway access. The recent opening of I-69/I-269 improves access and makes it easy for even more workers to reach Tunica within a few minutes.

 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS IN TUNICA COUNTY

 

TUNICA COUNTY MANUFACTURERS LIST

Currently 67% of the Tunica County workforce commutes from the other counties within the Memphis MSA.

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The Tunica Mega Site is located in the fastest growing segment of a 1.4 million population

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WORKFORCE ADVANTAGES

The Tunica area workforce offers an employer many advantages. The median age of the work-force is younger than the U.S. median, and the percentage of workforce between the key ages of 21 and 34 years is higher. The percentage of the population with 12 to 15 years of education is higher in the Tunica labor market than in the general U.S. population, and this is the level and type of education suited to many advanced manufacturers.

The cost of living is lower in the Tunica area than the US and most metro areas, especially housing costs.

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The economy in the Tunica area is diverse with a strong base of manufacturing, distribution, transportation and import/export logistics.

The University of Mississippi is located less than 60 miles from the site with over 22,500 students producing over 1,000 advanced manufacturing related graduates each year.

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COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES and TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

There are thirteen 4-year colleges and universities and ten 2-year program and technical schools within the 50 mile labor market area. These schools have a total enrollment of 60,749 with many of the students enrolled in programs directly related to the field of automotive and advanced manufacturing.

1301 Main Street

P.O. Box 1888

Tunica, MS 38676

 

662-363-2865

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