The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has compiled a database of mining industry workers, including employees of mining firms, that show how many mining jobs have been created, displaced and lost since the beginning of mining in the 1960s.
In a study published on Tuesday, the ABS data showed that the number of mining jobs has decreased by 2.4 million since the year 2000.
It said this represents the first time in history that mining employment in Australia has fallen to a level lower than the pre-mining peak of about 16.4 per cent.
The mining industry has seen a significant decrease in the number and rate of workers leaving the industry in recent years.
In 2015, there were 2.7 million workers in the mining and oil and gas industry, down from 3.4 percent of the total workforce in 2016.
The mining industry was estimated to be responsible for about one-third of the unemployment rate in Australia.
The ABS research was published in the latest edition of the Australian Economic and Social Review.
It’s the first of its kind to include mining employment data since the government-commissioned ABS data for mining workers were published in 2017.
The data was compiled using a data collection system developed by the National Employment Survey (NESS), which was first published in 1975.
The study also included the unemployment rates for the Australian Bureau’s mining workforce and the number in unemployment-related occupations.
The number of workers who are in the construction and related occupations is also up significantly, but the ABS report noted that “there are significant differences in employment across the construction sector between workers employed in this occupation and those in other occupations”.
In 2016, the Australian Mining and Petrochemical Employees Union estimated that between 2,000 and 4,000 more workers were employed in the “other mining occupations” than in the extraction and processing industries.
The report said the number unemployed in the industry has been increasing over time, although the ABS did not break down the number who are employed in other mining occupations.
“As mining has moved into more and more sectors and has become more diverse, there has been a shift from being a predominantly male industry, to a predominantly female industry,” the ABS study said.
The research also showed that between 2012 and 2015, the number that left the mining workforce was much higher than the number employed in mining.
The study estimated that there were about 1.5 million employees in mining industries between 2012-15, compared to about 4 million in mining and extraction industries.
“These changes have resulted in a significant increase in the proportion of Australian workers who do not work in mining,” the report said.