Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Arizona #1 in nonfuel mineral production in 2008

For the 4th year in a row, Arizona was the number one producing state in the nation for non-fuel minerals, with a value of $7.84 billion, or 11.02% of the nation's total. Primary products were copper, molybdenum concentrates, sand and gravel (construction), cement (portland), and stone (crushed). Nevada was #2 with production of $6.48 billion.

Domestic mine production of copper in 2008 increased nationally by about 12% to 1.3 million tons and its value rose to about $9.4 billion. Arizona produces about 60% of the copper mined in the U.S.

I'm reading the report tonight and will post more on the overall results of the 2008 review and economic impact.

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