The Selected mining industry increased employment between 2005-06 and 2006-07 in most states and territories, gaining 6% nationally. Employment increased most strongly in Western Australia (2,400 persons, or 9%), followed by Queensland (1,400 persons, or 6%).
Over the period from 2004-05 to 2006-07, the biggest increase in employment in Selected mining occurred in Western Australia (5,700 persons, or 22%), followed by Queensland (2,400 persons, or 12%) and Victoria (1,400 persons, or 38%).
In 2006-07, 38% of employment in the Selected mining industry was recorded against Western Australia, followed by Queensland with 28%; New South Wales contributed 19% of the total. This pattern differs from the shares of sales and service income and IVA among the major states as outlined above, largely reflecting differing labour intensities in the types of mining predominant in each state and territory.