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Covered Workers & Annual Pay - 2012 Annual Summary

Natural Resources & Mining Industry Group

The Natural Resources and Mining industry group is made up of the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting industry and the Mining industry. Businesses in this industry group grow crops, raise livestock or extract natural mineral solids at a mine site, to name just a few examples.

South Dakota Covered Workers and Pay 
Natural Resources & Mining Industry Group

Industry Group, Industry and Subsector Number of Establishments Average Number of Workers Annual Pay
Natural Resources and Mining 836 5,471 $37,305
  Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 759 4,623 $33,560
   Crop Production 267 1,119 $34,830
   Animal Production 329 2,830 $31,553
   Forestry and Logging 31 112 $34,076
   Fishing, Hunting and Trapping 6 23 $16,426
   Agriculture and Forestry Support Activities 126 538 $42,162
  Mining 77 848 $57,721
   Oil and Gas Extraction 4 33 $87,964
   Mining, except Oil and Gas 52 774 $53,391
   Support Activities for Mining 21 42 $112,372
Totals may not add due to rounding.
Data subject to revision.
Produced by the Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Industry
NAICS Sector 11

The Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting industry added 190 workers (4.3 percent) from 2011 to 2012, for an annual average employment level of 4,623. The annual pay for 2012 was $33,560, a $1,374 (4.3 percent) increase compared to 2011. Percentage-wise, this industry showed the third largest worker increase of all major sector industries and showed the sixth highest percentage ranking in annual pay increase in 2012. However, it remained in 14th place among annual pay at $33,560.

Four of the five subsectors in the industry reported gains in workers between 2011 and 2012. Establishments in the Crop Production (NAICS 111) had a 62 percent gain, followed by Animal Production (NAICS 112) gaining 32 percent, Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry (NAICS 115) and Fishing, Hunting and Trapping (NAICS 114) with gains of 7.5 and 0.5 percent, respectively. Forestry and Logging (NAICS 113) was the only subsector to lose workers with a five workers (4.0 percent) loss within the subsector.

Actual worker numbers in order of highest to the lowest are: Animal Production (2,830), Crop Production (1,119), Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry (538), Forestry and Logging (112) and Fishing, Hunting and Trapping (23).

All 22 industries showed annual wage increases in 2012 with Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting ranked number 14 with an annual pay increase of $1,374. Within the industry, Crop Production (NAICS 111) led the way with a $3,222 increase (10.2 percent) increase. Four of the five subsectors in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting had annual pay increases. Only Fishing, Hunting and Trapping decreased in annual pay for 2012.

Graph comparing SD covered worker levels in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting in 2011 and 2012

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Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
NAICS Sector 21

For the second year in a row the Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction industry (Sector 21) reflected worker gains, adding 15 workers (1.8 percent) during 2012. This addition brought the total for the entire industry to 848 workers. Two of the three subsectors in this industry gained employees, while the other remained stable.

Support Activities (NAICS 213) added eight employees (1.0 percent). The remaining seven workers were added in the Mining (Except Oil & Gas) subsector (NAICS 212). This increase is likely related to the support activities in South Dakota to assist in overflow activities generated by our neighbor to the north (North Dakota). This subsector provides support services, on a contract or fee basis, required for mining and quarrying of minerals and for the extraction of oil and gas. Establishments performing exploration (except geophysical surveying and mapping) for minerals on a contract or fee basis are included in this subsector. Exploration includes traditional prospecting methods, such as taking core samples and making geological observations at prospective sites.

The Mining (except Oil and Gas) subsector includes activities such as engaging in mining, mine site development and beneficiating (i.e., preparing) metallic minerals and nonmetallic minerals, including coal.

Oil and Gas Extraction (NAICS 211) showed no worker gains in 2012, with the total holding at 33 workers. This industry is comprised of establishments primarily engaged in operating and/or developing oil and gas field properties, and establishments primarily engaged in recovering liquid hydrocarbons from oil and gas field gasses. Apparently the oil shortages worldwide and the high crude oil prices have not impacted growth in this extraction subsector in South Dakota, but based on the success of surrounding states, expectations are high for future years.

The average annual pay for this industry sector increased by $1,828 (3.3 percent), bringing the average annual pay to $57,721 in 2012. This industry retained its fourth place ranking among the higher paying industries; annual pay has remained stable for the past several years.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Mining in 2011 and 2012

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
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