Department of Labor and Regulation

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Covered Workers & Annual Pay - 2011 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 775 5,266 $35,936
  Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 705 4,433 $32,186
   Crop Production 225 1,001 $31,608
   Animal Production 332 2,770 $30,787
   Forestry and Logging 31 117 $32,691
   Fishing, Hunting and Trapping 6 22 $17,251
   Agriculture and Forestry Support Activities 111 523 $41,214
  Mining 70 833 $55,893
   Oil and Gas Extraction 4 33 $85,617
   Mining, except Oil and Gas 49 766 $53,192
   Support Activities for Mining 17 34 $87,892
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 experienced a worker gain from 2010 to 2011, adding 294 workers (7.1 percent) for an annual average employment level of 4,433. The annual pay of workers also increased, rising by $1,315 (4.3 percent) to $32,186. The industry added 94 more workers than the previous year. Percentage-wise, this industry showed the second largest worker increase of all major sector industries.

Four of the five subsectors in the industry reported gains in workers between 2010 and 2011. Establishments in the Animal Production (NAICS 112) made up 61 percent of the gain, followed by Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry (NAICS 115) contributing 21 percent of the gain, and Crop Production (NAICS 111) at 18 percent of the worker increase in this subsector. They added 179, 62, and 54 jobs, respectively, over the year and increased 6.9 percent, 13.4 and 5.7 percent, respectively. The only other subsector is Forestry and Logging (NAICS 113), which noted a small worker gain.

The only subsector to lose workers was Fishing, Hunting and Trapping (NAICS 114), which lost three workers (12 percent).

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting had an annual pay increase of $1,315 from 2010 to 2011. The Fishing, Hunting and Trapping subsector (NAICS 114) led the way with a (13.8 percent) increase worth $2,093. All five subsectors in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting had annual pay increases.

Graph comparing SD covered worker levels in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting in 2010 and 2011

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

After two straight years of worker losses in the Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction industry (Sector 21) a gain of 10 workers (1.2 percent) was realized in 2011. This minimal increase brought the total worker level for the entire industry to 833. All three subsectors gained employees in 2011. Support Activities (NAICS 213) led the way with six employees, a 21.4 percent increase in workers over 2010. The seemingly large percentage increase can be attributed to the small size of the subsector. This increase can be the result of support activities preparing for the expectation of South Dakota becoming an oil producing state like its neighbor to the north (North Dakota). Industries in this Support Activities for Mining subsector provide 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 assumption can be made that this growth in support activities in preparation for extraction is related to the continuing rise in fuel prices.

The Mining (except Oil and Gas) subsector (NAICS 212) gained three workers (0.4 percent). Functions in Mining (except Oil and Gas) include engaging in mining, mine site development and beneficiating (i.e., preparing) metallic minerals and nonmetallic minerals, including coal.

Oil and Gas Extraction (NAICS 211), the smallest subsector in this industry, remained relatively stable and added one worker in 2011, bringing the total to 33 workers. Apparently the oil shortages worldwide and the high crude oil prices have not impacted growth in this extraction subsector in South Dakota, but expectations are high for future years based on the success of surrounding states. 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.

The average annual pay for this industry sector increased by $6,363 (12.8 percent), bringing the average annual pay up to $55,893 in 2011. This industry retained its fourth place ranking among the higher paying industries; it has remained among the highest-paying industries in the state for several years.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Mining in 2010 and 2011

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