The City of Pascagoula’s civilian labor force makes up 57.4 percent of its total population age 16+ as of 2015 and it has a medium resident age of 36.5. Furthermore, 84 percent of the region's population has a high school diploma or higher. As a right-to-work state, Mississippi has traditionally had excellent labor/management relations. Lost work time due to strikes in the state is lower than the average for the Southeast and less than half that of the United States.
Pascagoula is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Mississippi. The community has become an attractive place for all kinds of individuals and families who move to the City of Pascagoula for the quality of life, excellent schools, and lower cost of living. Pascagoula’s growing population provides businesses and companies access to a strong pool of talented and educated workforce.
The Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula’s largest industry and employer, offers a training and education program for its workers called the Ingalls Apprentice School. This school is recognized as the backbone of a well-trained workforce and allows its apprentices to receive an education, build work ethic, gain experience and develop into world-class journeymen of their crafts.
The City of Pascagoula is growing a strong workforce by starting early. With an excellent public education system, Pascagoula boasts many high-achieving students and excellent educational programs. The Pascagoula-Gautier School District ranks in the State’s top fifty, and Pascagoula High School ranks the highest in the district.
Neighboring Pascagoula, there is the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. From customized training for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace’s aviation electronics technicians to the state-of-the-art real-world instrumentation and controls lab for Southern Company and process technology curriculum specifically designed for Chevron Pascagoula, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has been collaborating successfully with many well-established national and international companies. The college has proven success in designing a program of the highest quality for any new industry to help foster economic development on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.