Posted on July 14, 2014 by Minerals Make Life
The United States mining industry strongly believes in supporting and being involved with local communities. In tough economic times, this sector has provided more job opportunities to struggling small towns across the nation.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that this industry, which already supports over 1.2 million jobs, is expanding at a constant rate. On July 3, 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that manufacturers added 16,000 jobs in June, making this the eleventh consecutive month of job gains for the industry. The manufacturing sector has, on average, added 12,636 new jobs a month since August 2013, and 644,000 new jobs since the end of 2009. Specifically, the mining industry is expected to add 11,000-13,000 jobs annually for the next 20 years.
U.S. mining not only works to provide jobs for its communities, but also contributes to local education programs. The mining sector is constantly on the lookout for talented students who hope to earn high school or college credit . Additionally, NMA member company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold has invested $11 million in STEM education programs.
U.S. mining understands the importance of community, and strives to support the people who make us these communities by investing in their future.