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Western Australia Acting Minister for Mines and Petroleum Francis Logan

Mining Jobs Reach New Heights In 2017-18

Victor P Taffa

  • Record number of people employed in Western Australia’s mining industry in 2017-18
  • Production was worth almost $115 Billion and included record sales volumes across a number of commodities

More than 112,000 people were directly employed in Western Australia’s mining industry in 2017-18, more people than at any other time in the State’s history.

“These latest statistics demonstrate the strength of Western Australia’s resources sector under the McGowan Government.” Acting Minister for Mines and Petroleum Francis Logan said.

“Creating job opportunities is the McGowan Government’s number one priority and it’s pleasing to see record job numbers, as well as record production and sales in our resources industry.”

Employment figures were revealed in the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s latest statistics release covering 2017-18.

Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry reported sales of $114.9 Billion, up $10 Billion from the previous year.

Amount was the second highest financial year sales value on record, behind only the $123 Billion achieved in 2013-14, with a number of commodities reaching record production levels including gold, iron ore, LNG and lithium.

Liquefied natural gas saw the largest increase in value, climbing from $12.7 Billion to $19.1 Billion, coming off the back of a 32 % increase in production.

Lithium continued to see significant increases in both production and value, with sales rising 167 % to reach $1.6 Billion from production of 2.1 Million tonnes.


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