ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE GREEN INDUSTRY
The Green Industry complex includes input suppliers; production firms such as nursery, greenhouse, and sod growers; wholesales distribution firms, including importers, brokers, re-wholesalers, transporters; horticultural service firms providing landscape and urban forestry services such as design, installation, and maintenance; and retail operations, including independent garden centers, florists, home improvement centers, and mass merchandisers or other chain stores.
The most recent economic impact study showed that there were 12,981 establishments listed under the Mississippi green industry complex in 2007. The total output impacts created by the Mississippi green industry complex in 2007 totaled $1.221 billion. With a state gross domestic product of $92.107 billion in 2007, the Mississippi green industry complex contributed about 1.325% of the state economy.
The total employment impacts of the Mississippi green industry complex totaled 15,197 workers with the production and manufacturing sectors employing 5,058 workers, horticulture services sector hiring 6,613 workers, and the trade sectors employing 3,525 workers. The total labor income impacts generated by the Mississippi green industry complex in 2007 totaled $313 million.