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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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Feb.
2024
Mar.
2024
Apr.
2024
May
2024

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

189.2 189.9 (p)190.1 (p)190.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

142.5 143.6 (p)144.8  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2023

Continuous mining machine operators

14,020

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

17,640

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

8,920

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

19,460

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

13,220

(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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Jan.
2024
Feb.
2024
Mar.
2024
Apr.
2024

Average hourly earnings

$37.85 $36.97 $37.07 (p)$37.90

Average weekly hours

43.9 44.2 44.9 (p)43.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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Jan.
2024
Feb.
2024
Mar.
2024
Apr.
2024

Average hourly earnings

$36.99 $36.13 $35.87 (p)$35.84

Average weekly hours

43.8 44.7 45.6 (p)43.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2023
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Continuous mining machine operators

30.34 30.37 63,110 63,170

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

24.28 26.16 50,490 54,410

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

46.28 44.91 96,260 93,410

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

26.65 28.02 55,440 58,290

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

24.23 25.96 50,400 54,000

(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 2019 2020 2021 2022

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

23 32 32 29

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

Data series 2022

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

Total recordable cases

2.1

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

1.4

Cases involving days away from work

1.0

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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Jan.
2024
Feb.
2024
Mar.
2024
Apr.
2024

Producer price index

(p)331.106 (p)335.293 (p)332.938 (p)336.819

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.9% (p)1.3% (p)-0.7% (p)1.2%

Export index

(r)134.9 (r)135.3 (r)134.8 130.9

Percent change from previous month

  (r)0.7% (r)0.3% (r)-0.4% (r)-2.9%

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
2023
2nd quarter
2023
3rd quarter
2023
4th quarter
2023

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)7,218 (p)7,253 (p)7,314 (p)7,316

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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2020 2021 2022 2023

Labor productivity index, output per hour

91.720 96.157 91.199 88.673

Percent change from previous year

3.1 4.8 -5.2 -2.8

Labor index, total labor hours

94.891 94.500 100.059 101.430

Percent change from previous year

-13.6 -0.4 5.9 1.4

Output index

87.033 90.868 91.253 89.942

Percent change from previous year

-10.9 4.4 0.4 -1.4

Unit labor costs index

116.337 118.209 129.651 142.740

Percent change from previous year

2.3 1.6 9.7 10.1

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: June 12, 2024