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Global Mining Snapshot

Global Mining Snapshot
Twenty Amounts, Percentages, and Facts About Mining Today.

Published: October 1, 2003

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1. Total tonnage of marketable minerals extracted in 1999 globally.....................................................................................9.6 billion tons
2. Total tonnage in 1970: .................................................................5 billion
3. Mining's share of Gross World Product:.........................................0.9%
4. Mining's share of global employment: ............................................0.5%
5. Average number of mine workers killed on the job each day: ........................................................................................................................40
6. Number of workers employed in the mining industry of South Africa, the world's largest gold producer, in 1985: .................................800,000
7. Number employed in 2000:.........................................................420,000

Citations
1-2-United States Geological Service (USGS)
3-Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2003
4-International Labor Organization (ILO), LABORSTA database, http://laborsta.ilo.org
5-ILO website, www.ilo.org
6-7- International Labor Organization (ILO), The Evolution of Employment, Working Time and Training in the Mining Industry (2002)

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