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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

 2016

 2026

 Mining

 86,159

 96,835

 10,676

 12.4%

 

Oil & Gas Extraction

50,399

55,853

 5,454

 10.8%

 $5,925

 Support Activities for Mining

 35,760

 40,982

 5,222

 14.6%

 $3,038

 


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

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