Sunday, April 03, 2011

Mining jobs lead southern Arizona recovery

The annual review of southern Arizona's top 200 employers by the Arizona Daily Star reports that "mining and agriculture added more than 1,000 jobs in 2010, an increase of 13.5 percent, as Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold added more than 800 jobs and Asarco LLC added another 140 as copper prices rallied."

In a companion story, Freeport is said to be trying to fill 500 positions at 4 southern Arizona sites while Asarco is adding 100 workers at 3 locations. [right, copper mines south of Tucson. Credit NASA, image ISS022-E26137]

Freeport is considering reopening the Twin Buttes mine south of Tucson and major mines are proposed at Rosemont and Resolution, which would all add jobs if they go forward.

The Star reports that "Of Southern Arizona's top 200 employers, 91 companies reported adding jobs in 2010, including 76 that added at least 10 full-time-equivalent positions. Seventy-six employers reported cutting jobs, while 24 employers reported no change."


  1. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Once again Arizona's copper industry is leading the way in job growth in southeastern Arizona.

    It's just another good reason to support the Rosemont Copper project.

    Large mining projects of this type are capable of pumping massive amounts of capital into the communities, where they operate. According to a recent independent study published by the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources and Arizona State University, during the production phase of the Rosemont copper project, it will result in an annual economic benefit to Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties of $701 million, $140 million per year in additional income to residents, and $19 million per year more to local governments, as well as create a total of 2,100 additional jobs for residents of the three-county area.

    Rosemont Copper, A 21st Century Mine For 21st Century Arizona

  2. Too bad the Arizona legislature doesn't appreciate the mining industry. If they did, they would not be converting the historic and top rated Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum into the Arizona Experience Museum featuring cotton and cows.

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