Wyoming’s numbers putting mining job losses at 25% are misleading, industry group says

Wyoming’s numbers putting mining job losses at 25% are misleading, industry group says

Haul trucks sit idle at Eagle Butte Mine July 1, 2019, after employees were escorted from the property and the gates locked. By Elyse Kelly, The Center Square

Wyoming’s mining industry lost 4,900 jobs — a 25.3% reduction — from March 2020 to March 2021, according to a recent report by the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division.

But those numbers are a bit misleading, according to Wyoming Mining Association Executive Director Travis Deti, who said they also include employment losses for oil and gas.

“When you’re talking about mining in Wyoming, we’ve got what you call our four big sectors and those are: coal, uranium, bentonite and trona,” Deti told The Center Square. “Those are actual mining jobs and outside of oil and gas. When you’re looking at those particular numbers, we lost just shy of 700 jobs in the past year.”Broken down individually, coal lost approximately 570 jobs, 95 were lost […]

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