The most recent job numbers show a record number of mining workers in Australia, and they’re looking for a job.
In a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, mining jobs grew by 3.9 per cent between May and August, but the unemployment rate increased to 7.9% for the first time.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest employment numbers show more than 17 million people were employed in the mining industry in September.
It’s an increase of about 2.4 million since the year before, and the highest increase since May 2016.
A mining industry spokesman told ABC News the figures show the industry is strong.
“There is a record-breaking number of jobs in the industry,” said Mark O’Brien, of mining company Rio Tinto.
“We continue to see strong demand for our services.”
These are high-skilled jobs that allow us to provide a strong return on our investment.
“The number of people working in the mine sector rose by a further 1.9 million, the fastest growth in a decade.
It’s not just jobs that are increasing.
The number of Australians working in hospitality, retail, hospitality management and other businesses has also been rising.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Employment said the rise in jobs in mining was driven by growth in the numbers of people wanting to work in the sector.”
As the number of job vacancies is forecast to continue to increase, employment is continuing to expand, but this is driven by people who want to return to the mining and tourism industries,” she said.
The ABS’ figures show there are about 8.6 million Australians working as miners in the country, and of those, about 1.1 million are in the hospitality and retail sectors.