About This Statistic
This statistic shows the gross output of the United States mining industry from 1998 to 2015. In 1998, the gross output of this industry came to around 149 billion U.S. dollars.
U.S. mining industry
The mining industry in the United States is a huge sector – especially when oil and gas extraction is included. In 2015, the industry generated a gross output of more than 449 billion U.S. dollars. Back in 2000, this figure stood at just 216 billion. The value added through this industry was nearly 328 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, while this figure was around 81 billion in 1998. Employment in this industry has steadily been increasing over time. In 2000, employment stood at 521 thousand, and by 2015 this figure had increased to over 700 thousand.
The leading U.S. metal and mineral mining companies are Alcoa from Pittsburgh, Freeport-McMoRan from Phoenix, Nucor from Charlotte, and Newmont Mining from Denver. Alcoa is a major player in the aluminum business, covering all segments of production from mining to recycling. In 2015, this company generated some 16.4 billion U.S. dollars in net sales.
However, U.S. companies are not among the top five mining companies worldwide. The most predominant company worldwide is British-Swiss corporation Glencore International, which is active in every segment of the commodity business. In total, Glencore made approximately 170 billion U.S. dollars worth of revenue in 2015. However, a large part of this amount was not made from businesses connected with mining. Globally, the top 40 mining companies made some 402 billion U.S. dollars of revenue combined.