Industries at a Glance

Mining (except Oil and Gas): NAICS 212

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About the Mining (except Oil and Gas) subsector

The mining (except oil and gas) subsector is part of the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector.

Industries in the Mining (except Oil and Gas) subsector primarily engage in mining, mine site development, and beneficiating (i.e., preparing) metallic minerals and nonmetallic minerals, including coal. The term "mining" is used in the broad sense to include ore extraction, quarrying, and beneficiating (e.g., crushing, screening, washing, sizing, concentrating, and flotation), customarily done at the mine site.

North American Industry Classification System

The mining (except oil and gas) subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in mining (except oil and gas). These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2015
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2015
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2015
Jun.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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204.0 201.8 (P) 201.3 (P) 199.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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152.7 154.8 (P) 159.6

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Continuous mining machine operators

10,850

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

11,890

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

7,570

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

21,940

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

15,590

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for mining (except oil and gas).

(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. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in mining (except oil and gas).

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2015
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May
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Average hourly earnings

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$29.57 $29.58 $28.96 (P) $28.83

Average weekly hours

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44.3 44.4 45.1 (P) 45.3

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2015
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2015
May
2015

Average hourly earnings

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$27.31 $27.47 $26.57 (P) $26.82

Average weekly hours

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45.1 45.2 46.5 (P) 45.8

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Continuous mining machine operators

23.57 23.61 49,020 49,120

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

19.46 20.94 40,470 43,540

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

34.56 34.84 71,880 72,460

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

21.13 22.42 43,940 46,640

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

18.52 19.90 38,530 41,390

(Source: Occupational 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 mining (except oil and gas). 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 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

60 37 38 40

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

Total recordable cases

3.1 3.0 2.8 2.6

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

2.0 1.9 1.9 1.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.5 1.5 1.4 1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

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

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction. The export price index measures the percentage change in prices received by U.S. producers for goods and services sold outside the U.S.

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2015
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2015
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2015

Producer price index

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(P) 214.6 (P) 214.3 (P) 215.9 (P) 215.3

Percent change from previous month

(P) 0.6% (P) -0.1% (P) 0.7% (P) -0.3%

Export index

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(R) 90.2 (R) 88.8 (R) 90.4 88.3

Percent change from previous month

(R) -0.8% (R) -1.6% (R) 1.8% (R) -2.3%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in mining (except oil and gas). Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2014
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2014
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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(P) 7,442 (P) 7,434 (P) 7,421 (P) 7,386

Local government

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(P) 5 (P) 5 (P) 5 (P) 5

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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93.249 93.013 98.936 100.118

Percent change from previous year

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-4.2 -0.3 6.4 1.2

Labor index, total labor hours

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96.035 93.828 88.710 91.815

Percent change from previous year

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8.1 -2.3 -5.5 3.5

Output index

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89.552 87.272 87.765 91.924

Percent change from previous year

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3.6 -2.5 0.6 4.7

Unit labor costs index

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124.183 129.430 124.799 120.854

Percent change from previous year

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5.7 4.2 -3.6 -3.2

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Data extracted on: July 31, 2015

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