Tennessee, Florida — When you think of a mining industry you probably think of mining and energy companies like Rio Tinto, Rio Tingo and Rio Tides, all of which have big mining projects in the state.
But when you think about mining and mining and the energy industries themselves, the answer might surprise you.
The energy industry employs more than 1.5 million people in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, mining accounted for 22 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2015.
According a 2015 report by the US Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 9 million Americans employed in the mining sector.
“We need to have a discussion about how the energy sector is going to support our economy and our economy’s ability to function,” said Chris Klaas, president of the Florida Chamber of Industry and Trade.
“It’s a very important sector for the state of Florida.”
Klaas said that the energy industry has grown significantly in recent years and the state is home to more than half of the nation’s uranium mining.
“The energy sector contributes to the health and safety of the environment, the environment’s ability and capability to thrive and the prosperity of the state,” he said.
The Florida Chamber also wants to see an increase in solar power and other renewable energy sources, including wind, geothermal and biomass.
But Klaes said that while the industry has contributed significantly to the state’s economy and is vital to the economic prosperity of Florida, it’s also created a lot of jobs.
“It’s not just the workers.
It’s the people who are employed in that industry that are contributing to the economy.
They’re the ones that are making the money in the industry, the ones who are investing in the business,” he added.
In Florida, there is a strong relationship between mining and jobs, according a 2014 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
In 2015, the study found that the state had the highest percentage of jobs in the private sector.
The US Bureau of Economic Analysis also projects that the mining industry will add approximately 8,500 jobs in Florida over the next decade, according the Florida Department of Economic Development.
That’s a total of more than 2.4 million jobs in five years.
“These are people who work at the mine that are putting the coal and the uranium into our homes and the homes of our families, and they’re paying for that,” Klaos said.
“That’s a great thing for Florida.”
The Chamber’s goal is to push for the energy and mining industries to collaborate on more efficient methods of mining.
The group also wants the state to create an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Task Force to work with energy companies and the mining and renewable industries to develop more efficient ways to mine coal and produce natural gas.
“A lot of people in Florida don’t realize that mining is an important part of our economy.
I think that people in other states may not realize that,” said Klaase.