Highest Mining Employment Growth In 5 Years, Due To Increased Lithium & Gold Mining In Wa

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April 2nd, 2019

Surging production of gold and lithium has given WA its first increase in mining employment in five years, with the sector now providing the equivalent of almost 90,000 full-time jobs.

The WA mining industry had direct employment of about 89,800 full-time equivalent jobs in the 2018 financial year, a 5.8 per cent increase.

Lithium and gold mining each added about 2000 full-time positions of the total 5238 jobs the mining sector added.

Full-time equivalent employment in WA mining last rose in the 2013 financial year to a peak of more than 101,000 jobs.

Mining employed 112,000 people, with part-time and casual employment resulting in the lower number of about 89,800 full-time equivalent jobs.

Gold production rose 4.5 per cent to 212 tonnes worth $11.4 billion, according to the data released today by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

The value of lithium spodumene concentrate produced soared 168 per cent to $1.6 billion.

Iron ore remained the State’s most valuable mining product with the equivalent of about 42,000 full-time workers producing $61.9 billion worth of ore.