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Mining

The Mining indsutry consists of establishments that extract naturally occurring mineral solids, such as coal and ores; liquid minerals, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas. The term mining is used in the broad sense to include quarrying, well operations, beneficiating (e.g., crushing, screening, washing, and flotation), and other preparation generally performed at the mine site, or as a part of mining activity.

The Mining industry subsectors in high-demand in the Houston-Galveston area are:

  • Oil & Gas Extraction
  • Support Activities for Mining

 Industry 

 Annual
 Employment

 Absolute Change

 Percent Change

 Average Weekly Wages

 2014

 2024

 Mining

 107,030

 91,590

 -15,440

 -14.4%

 

Oil & Gas Extraction

54,140

48,610

-5,530

-10.2%

$5,341

 Support Activities for Mining

 52,890

 42,980

 -9,910

 -18.7%

 $2,793

 


*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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