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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

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

178.7 179.2 (p)179.2 (p)180.3

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

134.2 131.7 (p)131.4  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Continuous mining machine operators

14,010

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

12,810

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

7,590

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

19,980

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

14,320

(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

Data series Back
data
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Feb.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$31.16 $31.96 $32.01 (p)$31.93

Average weekly hours

45.3 45.0 44.6 (p)42.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Feb.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$27.58 $28.23 $28.53 (p)$28.57

Average weekly hours

46.5 46.1 45.9 (p)44.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Continuous mining machine operators

27.35 27.75 56,890 57,720

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

22.87 23.83 47,580 49,580

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

35.30 36.72 73,420 76,370

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

22.73 24.11 47,280 50,140

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

22.81 23.75 47,440 49,410

(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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

22 32 34 23

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

Data series 2019

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

Total recordable cases

2.3

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

1.5

Cases involving days away from work

1.1

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
data
Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021

Producer price index

(p)249.3 (p)253.1 (p)252.3 (p)256.2

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.5% (p)1.5% (p)-0.3% (p)1.5%

Export index

(r)92.6 (r)96.7 (r)97.9 101.0

Percent change from previous month

  (r)3.6% (r)4.4% (r)1.2% (r)3.2%

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

Data series Back
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4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

7,051 (p)7,013 (p)7,019 (p)7,056

Local government

5 (p)5 (p)5 (p)5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

Data series Back
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2016 2017 2018 2019

Labor productivity index, output per hour

104.512 107.382 105.590 101.625

Percent change from previous year

3.1 2.7 -1.7 -3.8

Labor index, total labor hours

79.182 78.938 81.575 83.296

Percent change from previous year

-8.9 -0.3 3.3 2.1

Output index

82.755 84.765 86.135 84.650

Percent change from previous year

-6.1 2.4 1.6 -1.7

Unit labor costs index

117.518 118.905 125.967 133.079

Percent change from previous year

-4.9 1.2 5.9 5.6

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: April 14, 2021