QUARTERLY Quarterly employment in the Mining industry rose 2.0% and added 251 lifting the quarterly average to 12,859. Mining & Quarry Nonmetal (14) employment increased by 249. Growth was dominated by seasonal gains in Sand & Gravel, up 163, as the construction industry recovered from its winter slump increasing demand for construction materials. Increased demand for stone product coupled with seasonal expansion in Dimension Stone added another 46 to Mining & Quarry Nonmetal. Oil & Gas Extraction (13) added 179 employees with the bulk of the gain occurring in Oil & Gas Field Services up 89. Increased employment this quarter at one large drilling company created a gain of 54 in Drilling Oil & Gas Wells. Employment in Coal Mining (12) remained stable, changing only slightly, with the addition of 6 employees. Metal Mining (10) witnessed a large employment decline, falling by 182. Every sector reported an employment loss, however, losses in Ferroalloy Ores constituted most of the decline. Ferroalloy Ores lost 123 employees due to a mine layoff. ANNUAL For the eighth consecutive quarter the Mining industry has reported annual employment losses. This quarter employment dropped by 115 for a percent decline of 0.9%. Activity within sectors was varied with Metal Mining (10) and Coal Mining (12) reporting large losses and Oil & Gas Extraction (13) and Mining & Quarry Nonmetal (14) reporting employment increases. Metal Mining dropped by 489 employees. All subsectors declined. The largest losses were reported in Ferroalloy Ores down 174 due to mining cutbacks and Gold Ores down 105 due to corporate downsizing. Ferroalloy Ore losses occurred over the last two quarters while Gold Ore losses occurred over the year. Coal Mining employment fell by 120. Yearlong corporate office cutbacks as well as mining cutbacks caused the decline. Employment in Oil & Gas rose by 396. Increased drilling and well service activity fueled the gain. Mining & Quarry Nonmetal added 98 employees. Almost half of the growth occurred in Dimension Stone due to increased demand and the resolution of labor problems.
Colorado Employment and Wages (ES202) Second Quarter 2000