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Mining Employment Decreases 127,000 Over The Year Ended June 2016

Support sector including first-line supervisors, managers of construction trades, and extraction workers hardest hit

July 11, 2016

Employment in the mining industry declined by 127,000 from June 2015 to June 2016. Mining employment has not recorded a 12-month increase since January 2015, when it added 16,600 jobs. The job losses have been broad based. Decreasing employment from June 2015 to June 2016 by sector:

  • Support activities for mining -89,900
  • Oil and gas extraction -19,800
  • Coal mining -12,900
  • Metal ore mining -2,900
  • Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying -1,600

Since reaching a peak in September 2014, mining employment has declined by 211,000. Support activities for mining accounted for 159,000 jobs lost during this period. Employment in mining is currently at its lowest level since April 2010.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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