Employment in the Australian mining industry at the end of June 2007 was estimated at 117,500 persons, an increase of 7% (or 7,700 persons) compared to the estimate for June 2006. The major sources of this increase were Exploration and other mining support services (up by 3,200 persons), Metal ore mining (by 2,600 persons) and Coal mining (by 1,100 persons). Employment increased in all constituent industries for which data are shown. Employment in the 'core' mining industries of Coal mining, Oil and gas extraction and Metal ore mining increased by 6% overall.
At the industry subdivision level, 23% of mining employment at the end of June 2007 was in Coal mining, 9% in Oil and gas extraction, 29% in Metal ore mining, 10% in Non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying, and 30% in Exploration and other mining support services.