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The U.S. minerals industry supports more than 1.1 million jobs. It is estimated that every metal mining job generates 3.5 additional jobs elsewhere in the economy, and every non-metal mining job generates 2.6 additional jobs. By supporting thousands of jobs and providing essential raw materials, minerals and metals mining is critical to our economy. That's #WhyMiningMatters. 

Today's Mining Supports the Achievements of Tomorrow

The metals and minerals we rely on in our everyday life is staggering. If you really take a moment to think about it, look around to observe the objects you are surrounded by which are not manufactured by plant-based resources. From the cement you walk on to the screen you are reading, our world and our way of life depends on the products of modern mining practices.

But what does our future hold for us? Sustainable power, renewable energy, electric vehicles, advanced engineering, and commercial space travel will all rely on an increased source of the materials we already depend on. The mining industry supports our everyday life but also provides the foundations of engineering achievements for the decades to come.

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A majority of people browse Facebook from their smart phone. If that's you right now, thank a miner! A typical smart phone contains well-known elements such as copper, silver, gold, palladium, and platinum. Smart phones also have ceramic magnetic switches that contain rare earths, indium, titanium dioxide and indium tin oxide - all comprised of elements that must be mined from the ground. #WhyMiningMatters