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U.S. mining industry - statistics & facts

The United States mining industry has a long history, and it continues to be an important and active industry to this day. The products produced through mining provide the foundation for all manufacturing, giving factories the raw materials needed to produce their goods. As such, value added of the mining industry to the U.S. domestic economy from the nearly 13,000 active mines in the U.S. as of 2019 amounted to nearly 61 billion U.S. dollars. While the most common commodities produced in the U.S. based on volume include sand and gravel, stone, and coal, other mineral products produced in smaller quantities carry higher prices.

Mineral commodity production in the United States

Among those higher-priced commodities are precious metals. The United States mines hundreds of tons of gold and silver each year, as well as millions of tons of base metals such as iron ore and copper. This extraction comes from the 287 active metal mines in the U.S. as of 2019, while over half of the active mines produce the tens of millions of tons of industrial sand and gravel that the U.S. produces each year, which is needed to support the massive volume of construction projects that the country undertakes.

United States mining companies

Revenues of the leading United States mining companies are in the billions of U.S. dollars. The largest U.S.-based firm based on revenue is the gold miner Newmont Mining, followed by the coal mining companies Peabody Energy Group and Arch Resources. While contributing substantial economic activity in the U.S., these are hardly the largest mining companies globally. The leading mining companies worldwide are based primarily in the UK and China. However, despite the technological advances and automation of some of the more dangerous aspects of the work, the U.S. mining firms continue to provide significant domestic employment, which amounted to 673,000 jobs as of 2019.

Social and environmental footprint of the U.S. mining industry

The workplace hazards associated with mining have long been a point of controversy. While the industry has embraced safer practices, there are still a steady number of mining fatalities in the U.S. each year. Similarly, as environmental regulations have become more stringent, the U.S. mining companies experienced more contact with the Department of Interior and other government agencies. Environmental activists have had some successes, however, including millions of acres of U.S. land reclaimed from the mining industry, mainly from former coal mines. This is progress, but it also highlights the potential for environmental issues that arise from mining.

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U.S. mining industry - statistics & facts

The United States mining industry has a long history, and it continues to be an important and active industry to this day. The products produced through mining provide the foundation for all manufacturing, giving factories the raw materials needed to produce their goods. As such, value added of the mining industry to the U.S. domestic economy from the nearly 13,000 active mines in the U.S. as of 2019 amounted to nearly 61 billion U.S. dollars. While the most common commodities produced in the U.S. based on volume include sand and gravel, stone, and coal, other mineral products produced in smaller quantities carry higher prices.

Mineral commodity production in the United States

Among those higher-priced commodities are precious metals. The United States mines hundreds of tons of gold and silver each year, as well as millions of tons of base metals such as iron ore and copper. This extraction comes from the 287 active metal mines in the U.S. as of 2019, while over half of the active mines produce the tens of millions of tons of industrial sand and gravel that the U.S. produces each year, which is needed to support the massive volume of construction projects that the country undertakes.

United States mining companies

Revenues of the leading United States mining companies are in the billions of U.S. dollars. The largest U.S.-based firm based on revenue is the gold miner Newmont Mining, followed by the coal mining companies Peabody Energy Group and Arch Resources. While contributing substantial economic activity in the U.S., these are hardly the largest mining companies globally. The leading mining companies worldwide are based primarily in the UK and China. However, despite the technological advances and automation of some of the more dangerous aspects of the work, the U.S. mining firms continue to provide significant domestic employment, which amounted to 673,000 jobs as of 2019.

Social and environmental footprint of the U.S. mining industry

The workplace hazards associated with mining have long been a point of controversy. While the industry has embraced safer practices, there are still a steady number of mining fatalities in the U.S. each year. Similarly, as environmental regulations have become more stringent, the U.S. mining companies experienced more contact with the Department of Interior and other government agencies. Environmental activists have had some successes, however, including millions of acres of U.S. land reclaimed from the mining industry, mainly from former coal mines. This is progress, but it also highlights the potential for environmental issues that arise from mining.

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