SOS Releases Fourth Survey of Mississippi Businesses, More Than 6,700 Respond

Jackson, Miss. (Y’all Politics) – Hundreds of Mississippi businesses are currently providing apprenticeship opportunities to students, according to a new Secretary of State’s Office survey of Mississippi business owners.

The survey, sent to about 97,000 domestic business owners in the State, marks the fourth installment in a series of questionnaires sent by the Secretary of State’s Office related to workforce needs. More than 6,700 contacts from limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs), and corporations responded.

“Real-world experiences can help our students determine what career or college path they want to take before they receive their diploma on Graduation Day,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “It also makes good economic sense for businesses to invest in our schools. Their future employees are sitting in our classrooms.”

Among other responses, the survey also showed:

More than 70 percent of businesses have less than 5 percent “turn over” in staff each year;
About 25 percent of businesses are at full employment and are considering expanding. Between 20 and 30 percent are not at full employment; and
Most businesses are not using talent assessment tools to hire employees, but almost 15 percent said they would consider using one in the future.
The full survey is available here:

The Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for managing the corporate documents of about 190,000 foreign and domestic LLCs, corporations, and limited partnerships. Businesses are surveyed on a variety of topics intermittently throughout the year. Results are used to address business needs and improve economic development tools like Y’all Business (, a website developed by the Secretary of State’s Office which offers free consumer and demographic information to burgeoning businesses. Results are shared with educational entities, business leaders, and economic development and state government stakeholders.

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division, visit or call (601) 359-1633.

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