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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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Apr.
2022
May
2022
Jun.
2022
Jul.
2022

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

176.5 179.1 (p)180.1 (p)180.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

136.8 140.5 (p)142.5  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2021

Continuous mining machine operators

13,710

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

16,910

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

7,960

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

16,750

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

13,400

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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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Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022
May
2022
Jun.
2022

Average hourly earnings

$34.00 $33.95 $34.11 (p)$34.13

Average weekly hours

44.0 44.4 44.9 (p)45.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022
May
2022
Jun.
2022

Average hourly earnings

$31.41 $31.68 $32.12 (p)$32.62

Average weekly hours

45.1 46.2 46.1 (p)46.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2021
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Continuous mining machine operators

29.20 27.85 60,730 57,930

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

22.45 22.96 46,690 47,750

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

38.12 39.82 79,290 82,820

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

23.01 25.12 47,850 52,250

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

23.03 23.58 47,900 49,040

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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 2017 2018 2019 2020

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

32 34 23 32

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

Data series 2020

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

Total recordable cases

2

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

1.4

Cases involving days away from work

1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

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.

Data series Back
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Apr.
2022
May
2022
Jun.
2022
Jul.
2022

Producer price index

(p)317.464 (p)315.364 (p)325.004 (p)322.861

Percent change from previous month

  (p)6.2% (p)-0.7% (p)3.1% (p)-0.7%

Export index

192.0 190.1 (r)182.7 169.3

Percent change from previous month

  12.5% -1.0% (r)-3.9% (r)-7.3%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

(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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1st quarter
2021
2nd quarter
2021
3rd quarter
2021
4th quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)6,980 (p)6,973 (p)7,012 (p)7,014

Local government

(p)4 (p)4 (p)4 (p)4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2018 2019 2020 2021

Labor productivity index, output per hour

112.881 107.648 104.641 109.462

Percent change from previous year

-2.1 -4.6 -2.8 4.6

Labor index, total labor hours

86.993 88.406 80.540 79.179

Percent change from previous year

3.3 1.6 -8.9 -1.7

Output index

98.198 95.167 84.277 86.671

Percent change from previous year

1.2 -3.1 -11.4 2.8

Unit labor costs index

97.462 104.052 106.804 108.657

Percent change from previous year

6.4 6.8 2.6 1.7

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: August 19, 2022