- Record number of people employed in WA's mining industry in 2017-18
- Production was worth almost $115 billion and included record sales volumes across a number of commodities
More than 112,000 people were directly employed in Western Australia's mining industry in 2017-18, more people than at any other time in the State's history.
The employment figures were revealed in the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's latest statistics release covering 2017-18.
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.
For more information, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Investors/Resource-statistics-1431.aspx
Comments attributed to Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Francis Logan:
"These latest statistics demonstrate the strength of Western Australia's resources sector under the McGowan Government.
"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 Government is committed to supporting industry investment in Western Australia's diverse and record-setting sector and the opportunities it brings to our economy."
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