Rising boom yet fewer mining jobs

Despite a growth in mining, a report says South Australia’s resources sector employs 5000 fewer people than it did in 2007.

A report from the University of Adelaide stated that while around 12 500 people were working in mining in 2007, this number dropped to just below 8000 last November, according to the ABC.

According to the report’s author, John Spoehr, while the resurgence of mining has seen commodity prices skyrocket, it has not led to a concurrent growth in employment.

"Most people expect that mining employment would’ve gone up over recent years as a result of significant growth in the sector, but surprisingly it hasn’t," he said.

South Australian mining minister Tom Koutsantonis said that while the numbers were disappointing, they are expected to rise again.

"I think you’ll find that South Australia is heading into a mining boom. The relationship towards the jobs and the mining industry is showing these decreases simply because there was a reduction of capacity at Olympic Dam, the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) which took a lot of money out of the mining industry around the world and now it’s coming back on line," he told the ABC.

The reduction of capacity at BHP’s Olympic Dam mine was caused by damage to its Clarke Shaft, which was forced to close.

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