Industrial employment in Mississippi grew by about 0.5 percent over the last 12 months, amounting to 694 additional jobs, according to the 2012 Mississippi Manufacturers Register, an annual industrial directory by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston, lll. 

This report now shows that Mississippi has 3,019 manufacturers employing 171,615 workers.

"The recovery is gaining momentum in Mississippi and across the U.S.," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI. "The state's friendly business environment has been a draw for a variety of enterprises, particularly in the auto sector."

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