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Published on October 31st, 2012 | by john.weir

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Employment boom in Australia’s mining industry

Job opportunities in Australia’s mining industry have jumped in the past five years, new Census figures show.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said the sector accounted for 1.8 per cent of the nation’s employment in 2011, up from 1.2 per cent in the previous Census in 2006 according to Perth Now.

The number of people who reported being employed in the mining industry increased by 65.2 per cent, or 69,667 people, according to data released yesterday.

Census executive director Andrew Henderson said the nation’s top 20 mining employment hot spots were mainly in Western Australia and Queensland.

In WA, where the population had jumped 14.3 per cent since 2006, Perth was by far the top hot spot with the sector employing 14,687 people, followed by the East Pilbara, where 7536 people had a mining job.

The Broadsound-Nebo region in Queensland came third, with 6236 people reporting mining as their industry of employment.

The data showed there was also a high number of mining workers in NSW’s Singleton region, which came sixth on the list.

Mr Henderson said the data did not include FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) workers, but could be used to shed some light on populations that included large numbers of mining sector workers.

It could be used to assist planning for vital services in communities across Australia, he said.

“Census data is used to allocate government funding for all areas of Australia, and to plan vital services and infrastructure that we all use in our communities every day,” Mr Henderson said.

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