Mining jobs reach new heights in 2017-18

  • Record number of people employed in WA’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.

The 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.

The 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 per cent increase in production.

Lithium continued to see significant increases in both production and value, with sales rising 167 per cent to reach $1.6 billion from production of 2.1 million tonnes.

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