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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2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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210.1 212.1 (P) 212.2 (P) 211.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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162.4 159.8 (P) 160.0  

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Continuous mining machine operators

11,770

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

12,280

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

8,090

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

22,000

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

16,040

(Source: Occupational Employment 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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2013
Dec.
2013
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2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$28.63 $29.29 $29.36 (P) $29.58

Average weekly hours

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44.7 44.1 44.3 (P) 43.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Nov.
2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$26.69 $27.11 $27.06 (P) $27.08

Average weekly hours

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45.9 45.0 45.4 (P) 45.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Continuous mining machine operators

$24.51 $23.98 $50,980 $49,890

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

$19.15 $20.35 $39,830 $42,320

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

$34.20 $34.33 $71,130 $71,400

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

$20.49 $21.42 $42,620 $44,550

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$18.09 $19.28 $37,630 $40,090

(Source: Occupational Employment 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 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

29 60 37 (P) 38

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

 

Total recordable cases

3.2 3.1 3.0 2.8

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

2.2 2.0 1.9 1.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.7 1.5 1.5 1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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.

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2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Producer price index

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(P) 217.2 (P) 217.9 (P) 217.7 (P) 220.6

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -1.0% (P) 0.3% (P) -0.1% (P) 1.3%

Export index

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101.2 (R) 101.2 (R) 100.4 100.1

Percent change from previous month

  -0.1% (R) 0.0% (R) -0.8% (R) -0.3%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(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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2012
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2013
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2013

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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7,571 (P) 7,510 (P) 7,540 (P) 7,556

Local government

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6 (P) 5 (P) 5 (P) 5

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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94.963 92.430 93.435 88.659

Percent change from previous year

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0.6 -2.7 1.1 -5.1

Labor index, total labor hours

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111.138 98.740 99.272 107.411

Percent change from previous year

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-0.7 -11.2 0.5 8.2

Output index

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105.540 91.266 92.756 95.230

Percent change from previous year

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-0.1 -13.5 1.6 2.7

Unit labor costs index

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136.278 147.108 151.886 162.970

Percent change from previous year

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5.3 7.9 3.2 7.3

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: April 15, 2014