The mining industry is about to see a huge hiring push.
Tennessee, Florida, will be the largest employer in the United States for the next year and a half, with nearly 1,000 people being hired by the mining company, according to a statement from the mining and energy industry’s lobbying group, the Mining, Energy and Tourism Coalition.
Ten years ago, the industry was small, and it’s still tiny now, but it’s getting bigger.
We’re hiring a new 100,000-plus person workforce for the coming year and two-thirds of that workforce will be based in the mining industry.
We’re hiring about 1,100 full-time employees in our mines and energy industries in the next few months, and that’s going to be a significant increase over the last few years, said Mark Zaid, president of the industry’s advocacy group, InMining.
The increase in new jobs comes after years of steady increases.
According to the Coalition for Responsible Mining, the number of miners and their associates who are hired every year grew by nearly 1 million in the past decade.
In the same period, the share of those who work in mining and other energy industries fell by more than 2.5 percentage points.
The industry is also expected to grow its workforce over the next decade, with more than 5 million people expected to be employed in the industry.
The U.S. economy is expected to add more than 9 million new jobs over the course of the next 10 years, according the Coalition.