Mining (except Oil and Gas): NAICS 212

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:

  • Coal Mining: NAICS 2121
  • Metal Ore Mining: NAICS 2122
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying: NAICS 2123

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
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
Mar.
2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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191.3 190.3 (P) 188.8 (P) 187.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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144.6 139.9 (P) 139.4  

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Continuous mining machine operators

10,350

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

11,970

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

7,970

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

20,910

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

14,630

(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
Dec.
2015
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2016
Feb.
2016

Average hourly earnings

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$29.13 $29.10 $29.58 (P) $29.42

Average weekly hours

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44.8 45.1 44.1 (P) 43.7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Nov.
2015
Dec.
2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016

Average hourly earnings

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$26.73 $26.37 $26.69 (P) $26.97

Average weekly hours

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45.5 46.5 45.4 (P) 44.8

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Continuous mining machine operators

23.73 24.62 49,360 51,220

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

19.64 21.06 40,860 43,810

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

34.44 35.62 71,640 74,080

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

21.77 23.19 45,280 48,230

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

19.01 20.21 39,530 42,030

(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 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

37 38 40 38

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

Data series 2014

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

 

Total recordable cases

2.8

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

1.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5

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
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
Mar.
2016

Producer price index

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(P) 203.9 (P) 204.1 (P) 202.7 (P) 206.7

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -1.1% (P) 0.1% (P) -0.7% (P) 2.0%

Export index

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77.2 75.6 (R) 73.2 75.2

Percent change from previous month

  -1.9% -2.1% (R) -3.2% (R) 2.7%

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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2015
2nd quarter
2015
3rd quarter
2015

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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7,376 (P) 7,319 (P) 7,266 (P) 7,264

Local government

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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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93.084 98.936 101.589 100.184

Percent change from previous year

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-0.2 6.3 2.7 -1.4

Labor index, total labor hours

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93.828 88.710 91.295 87.310

Percent change from previous year

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-2.3 -5.5 2.9 -4.4

Output index

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87.339 87.766 92.746 87.471

Percent change from previous year

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-2.5 0.5 5.7 -5.7

Unit labor costs index

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129.331 124.798 120.315 126.108

Percent change from previous year

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4.1 -3.5 -3.6 4.8

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: April 29, 2016