Jobs in Support Activities for Mining Dip in November
U.S. employment in the mining sector saw little change in the month of November, according to data released Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS reported a loss of 2,000 mining jobs for the month, while oil and gas extraction (which is categorized under “mining”) added 400 jobs.
Employment in support activities for mining, which had been seeing big gains for the majority of 2018, declined by 2,400 in November. The BLS had previously reported a gain of 6,000 support activities jobs in September, bringing the yearly total to an addition of 53,000 jobs in support activities for mining at the time.
Overall, for the month of November, the average U.S. rig count averaged higher than it did in October. And though WTI oil prices dipped down to $50 in late November, they have begun inching their way back up into the first week of December.
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