U.S. Has Lost 191,000 Mining Industry Jobs Since September 2014

CNS News – by Terence P. Jeffrey

The United States has lost approximately 191,000 jobs in the mining industry since September 2014 including approximately 7,000 that were lost in April, according to data published today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The coal mining industry alone has lost approximately 10,900 jobs since April of last year.  

“Mining employment continued to decline in April (-7,000),” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its employment release this morning. “Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in mining has decreased by 191,000, with more than three-quarters of the loss in support activities for mining.”

In recent years, according to the BLS’s seasonally adjusted month-by-month historical employment numbers, mining employment in the United States peaked in September 2014, when there were 852,500 jobs in the industry.

In April, there were only 661,600 mining industry jobs in the United States, according to BLS. That is a decline of 190,900 mining jobs in 19 months.

The BLS has month-by-month employment data in the mining industry going back to 1958. In the 58 years since then, mining employment has seen a series of peaks and troughs, hitting its all-time high in December 1981, and its most recent peak in September 2014.

In December 1981, according to BLS’s seasonally adjusted number, there were 1,177,400 jobs in mining in the United States. That is 515,800 more than the 661,600 jobs in mining this April.

Employment in coal mining has been declining along with the overall mining industry. From April 2015 to April 2016, jobs in the coal mining industry declined from 67,500 to 56,600—a loss of 10,900 jobs in one year.

BLS has seasonally adjusted month-by-month employment numbers in the coal mining industry going back to 1985.

In recent years, employment in the coal mining industry peaked January 2012 at 89,800. Since then it has declined by 33,300 jobs to the current level of 56,600.

In the full period since 1985, employment in the coal mining industry peaked in April 1985 at 178,300 jobs. This April, there were 121,700 fewer jobs in the coal mining industry than there were in that April 31 years ago.

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5 thoughts on “U.S. Has Lost 191,000 Mining Industry Jobs Since September 2014

  1. An absolute travesty.

    Our failure, as a people, to put an end to the absolute criminality is allowing
    our industry, and therefor the livelihood of our people to die.

    The hour is extremely late!

    1. It’s a step in the right direction, Katie. Hunger is the only thing that will wake people up, so let ’em starve.

      What did these 191,000 workers do about the political problems in this country? My guess is that if they woke up, and spoke up, they wouldn’t be having this problem.

      It’s the price of apathy, and it has to be paid before anything changes.

  2. As they tout low unemployment numbers

    Why we have been allowing them to lie to us this long is mind boggling

    Wonder when the rope and pitch fork party starts?

  3. It’ll be ok. Pretty soon there will be all these part time security jobs opening up. Somebody is going to have to guard all the public restrooms. They’ll just have to send their resumes to Homeland Security. Applicants to the Freedom Bowl Brigade will be put through a rigorous nine week screening and training program designed to enhance restroom safety and security.

    Training video: “You! in the end stall..the end stall! You have exceeded your 4 minute crapping time limit! Exit the stall immediately! Lemme see your toilet licence! Uh huh,…you used your last diarrhea exemption over a month ago. Your going downtown and explain this to the judge.”

    “Ma’am, Sir er Ma’am. Ma’am/Sir, your not wearing the proscribed amount of eye shadow required by law. I’m going to have to see your tranny papers.”

    “Hold him down! Hold him down!” ZZZZZZZZZSST! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZSSST! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZSST! (taser shocking sounds) “Well, as you can see, this little boy just walked into the men’s room by mistake. We had to shock some gender bending sense into him. You can bet he won’t be making that mistake again.”

    “Hold her down! Hold her down!” ZZZZZZZZZSST! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZSSST! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZSST! (taser shocking sounds) “Well, as you can see, this little girl just walked into the ladies room by mistake. We had to shock some gender bending sense into her. You can bet she won’t be making that mistake again.”

    And it won’t matter if the security teams refer to people as he, she, her or it. Because the FBB will always be on the seat to enforce public restrooms codes and ordinances.

    Stay tuned next week for FBB RURAL!

    “You in the outhouse!….”
    “Sir…I’m afraid I’m going to have to issue you a citation for peeing on what is clearly marked as a non-peeing bush.”
    “You just never know what kind of runs your going to run into out here….”

  4. Don’t worry; the mining jobs will come back. The just have to get those unionized mine workers out of the way, and get the work done at slave-labor prices.

    As long as the gold is down there, they’ll be trying to extract it, but paying someone a fair wage for their work is out of the question.

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