Despite an overall employment increase of 223,000 in April, jobs in mining declined, according to the jobs report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday. In April, employment in mining fell by 15,000 – not shocking considering the continued effects of the oil and gas downturn which has seen a decline in rig count and drilling projects. The industry has already seen more than 100,000 layoffs globally and there may be more to come.
Of the mining jobs lost, 10,000 were in support activities for mining and 3,000 were in oil and gas extraction. Since the start of 2015, there have been 49,000 job losses in the mining sector, mostly in support activities for mining.
The decline in mining jobs for April follows a similar report from March, in which there were 11,000 reported jobs lost in mining. March was also the weakest month for job gains in more than a year, adding only 126,000.