US Jobs Report: Mining Down 12,000

Jobs in mining have declined for the 18th consecutive month, data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent jobs report reveals.

While the United States added 215,000 jobs in March, employment in mining decreased by 12,000 with 9,900 of those job losses concentrated in support activities for mining. Since peaking in September 2014, mining employment has decreased by a total of 185,000.

In March, jobs specifically in oil and gas extraction declined by 1,100. Companies such as BP plc are still conducting layoffs as part of longer term business plans; the company recently announced it was laying off 500 workers in Houston. Other companies are opting to close their offices to cope with the low oil price environment and some companies have already made several rounds of cuts within their organizations.

March saw oil prices increase by more than 10 percent, and with oil inching closer to $40, some are hopeful that layoff announcements will diminish as the market works toward a full recovery.

Valerie is an experienced writer and editor dedicated to providing useful and relevant career news about the oil and gas industry. Email Valerie at


Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.


Our Privacy Pledge

More from this Author
Valerie Jones
Editor, Careers | Rigzone
 -  HIRE Vets Act Would Incentivize Employ... (Feb 24)
 -  Trellis Energy Predicts Talent Squeeze... (Feb 22)
 -  More Than 440,000 Global Oil, Gas Jobs... (Feb 17)
 -  What Needs to Happen with Cybersecurit... (Feb 17)
 -  BLOG: 'Cautious Optimism' and Other Wo... (Feb 16)

Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Human Resources Administrator, Industrial Construction
Expertise: HR - General|Secretarial or Administrative
Location: Atlanta, GA
Regulatory Specialist - Delaware Basin Regulatory Affairs
Expertise: Regulatory Compliance
Location: Midland, TX
Sr Regulatory Permiting Analyst - Delaware Basin Regulatory Affairs
Expertise: Regulatory Compliance
Location: Midland, TX
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $55.99/BBL 1.04%
Light Crude Oil : $53.99/BBL 0.84%
Natural Gas : $2.63/MMBtu 0.38%
Updated in last 24 hours