Industries at a Glance

Natural Resources and Mining

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About the Natural Resources and Mining supersector

The natural resources and mining supersector is part of the goods-producing industries supersector group.

The natural resources and mining supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in natural resources and mining. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, job openings and labor turnover, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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882 888 (P) 891 (P) 898

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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649 653 (P) 654 (P) 657

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

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25 29 (P) 24

Hires

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20 34 (P) 27

Separations

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34 32 (P) 27

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

The data in this table are for Mining and Logging only.

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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3rd quarter
2012
4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

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277 279 277 287

Gross job losses

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276 288 250 272

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in natural resources and mining, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$30.59 $30.63 (P) $30.80 (P) $30.89

Average weekly hours

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44.8 44.2 (P) 45.2 (P) 45.3

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$26.87 $26.81 (P) $26.75 (P) $26.58

Average weekly hours

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46.9 46.6 (P) 47.5 (P) 48.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in natural resources and mining. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

680 796 725 (P) 655

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.0 3.7 4.0 3.8

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.2 2.2 2.4 2.3

Cases involving days away from work

1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in natural resources and mining.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

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132,048 (P) 131,880 (P) 132,823 (P) 133,410

Local government

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72 (P) 75 (P) 75 (P) 74

State government

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142 (P) 141 (P) 141 (P) 141

Federal government

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82 (P) 82 (P) 82 (P) 82

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

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37 35 35

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

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34 35 34

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: April 18, 2014

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