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U.S. Mine Employment...


Visulizing U.S. Mine Data from 1983 to the present

Use the visualizations below to explore mine labor trends over the last 30+ years. There are two sets of mining data visualizations: The first is annual data from 1983 to the present, the second is monthly data from October 2015 to the present. Both data sets originated from publicly available MSHA sources. The data sets are different and are briefly described below.

We invite you to explore employee counts, hours, and incidents using the maps and charts below various tabs along the top of the images will allow thou to examine various facets of the data. Depending on the suggestions received, the content may be adjusted and further enhanced. In addition, context will be provided via blogs at: ASA Bolg Please leave comments and suggestions at: Contact Us

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Annual U.S. Mine Data from 1983 to the present

Annual Mine Data is compiled and aggregated from the MSHA Mine Address and Employment data beginning in 1983. Data is released by quarter each year and is generally available one month after the quarter closes. A final release for the year is completed in the June-July timeframe. For this data set, only the final releases are included except for the most recent year. The most recent year uses the fourth quarter data.



Monthly U.S. Mine Data from October 2015 to the present

Monthly Mine Data is compiled and aggregated from the MSHA Mine data beginning in October 2015. Unlike the Annual data, the monthly data is available on a rolling basis. Each month we take a 'snapshot' of the data, process it, and aggregate for the monthly visualizations. This data set excludes contractors and contains a more complete listing and therefore count of abandoned mines.



The Next 8 years...


US Labor Needs

As the boomers retire and commodity prices increase due to competition for resources globally, the need for skilled labor, engineers, and managers will increase dramatically. To learn more, visit our blog at: ASA Bolg