Economic Growth

By creating high-paying jobs and providing the raw materials essential to manufacturing, minerals mining helps stimulate economic recovery.

The U.S. minerals mining industry supports more than 1.2 million jobs. A U.S. metal mining job is one of the highest paying in the private sector, with an average annual salary of $88,000 in 2015 and often climbing into the six figures for experienced workers. Prospects for those entering the field today are bright, as it is estimated that every metal mining job generates 3.5 additional jobs elsewhere in the economy, and every nonmetal mining job generates 2.6 additional jobs.

With 415,000 Americans directly employed through minerals mining today and another 734,000 indirectly employed, the industry is putting hundreds of thousands of people with diverse backgrounds and interests to work. Furthermore, technological and advanced practices helped to make mining jobs continually safer for workers.

In addition to jobs, raw materials provided by U.S. mines also boost the economy. In 2016, U.S. mines produced mineral raw materials worth $74.6 billion —a decrease since 2015. These domestic raw materials—plus recycled materials—were used to process mineral materials such as aluminum, copper and steel worth $704 billion. Industries including technology, manufacturing, construction and automotive transform these minerals into the infrastructure and products we use every day, and they have added more than $2.5 trillion to the U.S. economy, which is more than 14 percent of the GDP.

By creating jobs and providing essential materials, mining is emerging as an important partner in stimulating economic recovery.

Related Resources

Latest From Twitter

Many local communities rely on #mining for jobs and investment in local businesses, but duplicative regulations lim… https://t.co/fNglclYXSB
Half of U.S. mineral-rich land is either off-limits or restricted for mineral development – an unnecessary blow to… https://t.co/WVVzRvLL7b
Beryllium is not only 6 times stronger than #steel, but also an excellent heat conductor – making it a critical com… https://t.co/V8Nw6LZq72

Take a Stand for Miners Today Take Action