About This Statistic
This statistic illustrates the global gold production in gold mines from 2005 to 2016. In 2005, world gold production amounted to 2,470 metric tons. Since then, world gold production increased steadily up to an estimated 3.1 thousand metric tons in 2016.
Key facts about gold
Global mine production of gold steadily rose after the 2008 economic crisis. In 2008, gold mine production worldwide totaled 2,280 metric tons and increased to estimated three thousand metric tons in 2015. Alongside with mining costs, the U.S. production value of gold has steadily increased from 3.67 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 to 12.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2012. China is currently leading global gold mining production at 490 metric tons in 2015, while Australia is second, producing about 300 metric tons in the same year. Gold can be mined through several different processes including placer mining, panning, sluicing, and dredging. Panning is a manual technique that uses a shallow pan filled with sand and gravel, that may also contain gold, to sort through the material. The precious metal can also be produced as a byproduct often with copper mining.
Gold is a transition metal known for its bright lustrous yellow coloring. For industrial purposes, its malleability, ductility, and resistance to corrosion and many chemical reactions make it ideal for applications such as electrical connectors, infrared shielding, and gold leafing. It is also highly valued as a precious metal for use in coins, investments, and jewelry. In the third quarter of 2015, it was primarily used for jewelry which accounted for 632 metric tons and investments which accounted for 230 metric tons of gold.