Number of employee hours reported by mine operators and independent contractors by sector and year, 1983 - 2019

Keywords: Mining workforce
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Number of employee hours (in millions)
Sector 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Coal operator 336.85 362.42 343.38 321.53 300.17 286.91 280.88 287.82 263.14 246.58 215.00 222.15 205.57 197.13 192.72 185.40 170.32 157.32 168.43 163.84 157.07 166.51 181.33 188.99 186.53 200.36 195.16 199.17 215.18 199.76 181.70 171.66 146.00 112.87 121.25 124.13 121.14
Metal operator 96.47 93.74 81.01 73.46 80.43 93.71 104.63 108.72 106.39 102.64 98.09 96.51 100.92 104.06 101.67 92.98 83.36 77.44 68.79 58.50 55.54 59.48 63.41 67.94 75.49 81.36 66.55 74.85 84.87 92.05 94.98 92.18 86.77 77.92 79.31 84.49 85.54
Nonmetal operator 70.07 73.59 70.04 64.13 63.74 66.24 66.79 66.04 63.74 61.48 58.26 59.60 59.27 60.00 59.18 57.18 54.66 53.09 50.56 47.54 46.87 46.85 46.22 46.44 46.53 46.52 40.82 41.61 42.84 43.23 50.14 52.68 50.72 47.73 50.18 52.91 51.75
Stone operator 146.29 156.05 158.06 159.87 160.69 161.21 158.23 156.25 146.10 145.95 149.12 152.79 155.24 156.70 159.73 164.77 167.77 168.54 166.05 161.73 160.01 163.46 168.62 170.80 166.51 153.50 127.72 126.04 126.48 127.02 125.32 130.27 135.25 138.52 138.52 137.95 139.54
Sand & gravel operator 55.15 60.39 63.77 66.77 68.70 70.08 70.24 69.90 64.98 64.97 65.85 68.29 68.57 69.31 71.56 74.99 78.87 78.10 76.95 75.30 74.77 76.62 78.43 79.59 76.68 66.69 55.21 53.51 54.50 56.61 51.69 52.89 54.72 56.24 57.98 62.50 64.43
Coal contractor 13.12 14.22 15.82 14.78 15.03 16.66 21.20 23.10 25.00 29.34 31.29 32.11 30.58 32.48 35.86 36.42 35.41 36.18 40.35 36.52 35.01 38.49 42.99 46.16 45.48 52.64 48.33 50.71 54.26 51.81 45.28 42.32 36.65 26.76 29.13 30.16 29.46
Noncoal contractor 12.44 14.79 16.61 17.16 20.17 27.75 30.36 28.95 32.26 29.02 28.22 34.40 40.38 40.28 42.52 43.30 47.77 54.21 49.85 39.25 39.94 46.75 54.06 62.59 76.30 80.17 56.88 61.38 73.74 83.91 86.06 80.95 75.47 67.21 66.68 76.48 74.25
Total 730.40 775.21 748.69 717.71 708.93 722.56 732.33 740.78 701.61 679.98 645.83 665.86 660.55 659.97 663.25 655.04 638.15 624.89 620.98 582.68 569.22 598.17 635.06 662.52 673.53 681.24 590.67 607.26 651.87 654.38 635.16 622.95 585.58 527.25 543.05 568.62 566.10
Data Source: MSHA

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