By Stephanie Acevedo
A record number of people have been employed in WA’s mining industry in the past year than at any other time in the State’s history, new figures reveal.
The Latest statistics from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for the 2017-18 financial year showed more than 112,000 people were directly employed in Western Australia’s mining industry.
Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry reported sales of $114.9 billion, up $10 billion from the previous year.
The amount was the second highest financial year sales value on record, behind only the $123 billion achieved in 2013-14, with a number of commodities reaching record production levels including gold, iron ore, LNG and lithium.
Liquefied natural gas saw the largest increase in value, climbing from $12.7 billion to $19.1 billion, coming off the back of a 32 per cent increase in production.
Lithium continued to see significant increases in both production and value, with sales rising 167 per cent to reach $1.6 billion from production of 2.1 million tonnes.
Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Francis Logan said the resources sector was growing from strength to strength.
“These latest statistics demonstrate the strength of Western Australia’s resources sector under the McGowan government,” Mr Logan said.
“Creating job opportunities is the McGowan Government’s number one priority and it’s pleasing to see record job numbers, as well as record production and sales in our resources industry.”
“The McGowan Governments committed to supporting industry investment in Western Australia’s diverse and record-setting sector and the opportunities it brings to our economy.”