Employment in the Australian mining industry at the end of June 2006 was estimated at 112,300 persons, an increase of 21% (or 19,400 persons) compared to the estimate for June 2005. The major sources of this increase were Services to mining (up by 10,700 persons), Coal mining (by 3,700 persons) and Metal ore mining (by 2,700 persons). Employment increased in all constituent industries for which data are shown, except for Silver-lead-zinc ore mining. Employment in the 'core' mining industries of Coal mining, Oil and gas extraction and Metal ore mining increased by 14% overall.
At the industry subdivision level, 23% of mining employment at the end of June 2006 was in Coal mining, 9% in Oil and gas extraction, 28% in Metal ore mining, 10% in Other mining, and 31% in Services to mining. Compared to previous years, the proportion contributed by Services to mining increased and those of Metal ore mining and Other mining declined.
Employment in Coal mining grew by 9,700 persons (or 62%) between June 2002 and June 2006, and in Metal ore mining by 7,600 persons (up 32%). Over this period the largest percentage increase in employment was in Silver-lead-zinc ore mining, where employment rose by 88% (or 1,500 persons).