Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mining a bright spot in national jobs picture, Arizona economy

The National Mining Association reports that "according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in one year – between June 2010 and 2011 – coal mining jobs grew 7.6 percent, metals mining jobs grew 3.9 percent, and jobs in support activities for mining grew at a rate of 19.2 percent."

Meanwhile, value of mineral production in Arizona rose to $6.972 billion in 2010, up from $5.680 billion in 2009, a 23% increase, as noted in the 2010 Arizona Mining Review, authored by AZGS minerals geologist Nyal Niemuth this week in our online news magazine, Arizona Geology.

The value of Arizona's non-fuel mineral production totaled $6.7 billion in 2010 according to preliminary USGS figures. This was 10.5% of the United States' total, making Arizona the number two producer in the nation. Principal commodities mined were copper, molybdenum, sand and gravel, cement and crushed stone. In addition, Arizona coal production added another $273 million bringing the total mined value to nearly $7 billion.

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