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Many Missourians rely on the mining industry to provide them with rewarding employment. In 2012, the average job in Missouri paid $43,102.00, while the average pay for a mine employee was $69,430.00.  Salaries to the 3,978 mining employees in Missouri, excluding fringe benefits, exceeded 276 million annually.

It is relatively simple to understand the importance of mining to Missourians as individuals, but we should examine the significant impact mining has on the economy of Missouri.

When evaluating the contribution the mining industry makes to Missouri`s economy, it is apparent why Missourians strive to protect this viable industry. Missouri plays an important role in supplying our nation with its much needed mineral resources, which adds to the economic strength and security of the country.

In fact, Missouri`s importance to the United States of America is further emphasized by its ranking in mineral production. Missouri accounts for nearly 3.% of the total U.S. nonfuel mineral production value. 

Missouri continued to lead the Nation in the production of fire clay and lime through 2010 and 2011.  As of 2011, Missouri had led the Nation in lime production for 16 consecutive years.  Missouri rose to 6th from 17th in the production of industrial sand and gravel in 2011, and to first from second in the production of lead.  in both 2010 and 2011, the State remained third in the production of crushed stone and Portland cement and sixth in copper production among eight copper-producing States.  Missouri was ranked first in the Nation in Tripoli production in 2010, but then dropped to second in 2011 among four producing States.  The State dropped to eighth from seventh in silver production among 11 producing States in 2011.  In 2010, Missouri fell to third in production of zinc from second among four producing States and remained third in 2011 (actual data withheld-company proprietary data)

Even with the significant role mining plays in Missouri, less than 1/3 of one percent of Missouri`s 44 million acres have ever been affected by mining since it began in 1720, and much of this land has subsequently been reclaimed.

Sources: U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals Yearbook 2011; and MERIC 2012.

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