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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: domestic 1972
Year 1972, Volume 2 (1972)

Corrick, John D.
Oregon,   pp. 565-575 ff. PDF (1.2 MB)


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 Revised. W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company confidential
data; included with "Undistributed." 
 ' Includes value of mineral production that cannot be assigned to specific
counties and values indicated by symbol W. 
 2 Data may not add to totals shown because of independent rounding. 
 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972566 
Table 2.—Value of mineral production in Oregon, by county 
(Thousands) 
 County 1971 1972 
Baker $8,249 $6,314 
Benton 434 1,024 
Clackamas 12,495 13,879 
Clatsop w w 
Columbia W 2,109 
Coos 634 574 
Crook 353 W 
Curry w w 
Deschutes 852 1,500 
Douglas 10,294 10,743 
Gilliam W W 
Grant 1,011 W 
Harney W 451 
Hood River W W 
Jackson 1,700 1,044 
Jefferson W W 
Josephine 2,076 954 
Klamath 2,228 1,649 
Lake r 806 949 
Lane 5,288 3,647 
Lincoln 1,033 W 
Linn 833 1,222 
Malheur 1,360 1,470 
Marion 1,120 2,290 
Morrow W 48 
Multnomah 7,940 8,247 
Polk 422 W 
Sherman 46 1,249 
Tillamook 308 699 
Umatilla 2,008 W 
Union 1,676 2,115 
Wallowa 474 111 
Wasco W W 
Washington 2,131 2,749 
Wheeler 60 W 
Yamhill 456 533 
Undistributed' 11,746 10,947 
 Total2 r78,035 76,516 
 Minerals produced in 1972 in order of value 
Cement, sand and gravel, stone, pumice, clays, silver, copper, tungsten.
Sand and gravel, stone, clays. 
Cement, sand and gravel, stone, clays. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, stone. 
Stone, sand and gravel, copper, gold, silver. 
Sand and gravel, clays. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Pumice, sand and gravel, stone. 
Nickel, sand and gravel, stone. 
Sand and gravel, stone. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Stone. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, stone. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, stone, talc, copper, silver. 
Stone, sand and gravel, pumice, clays. 
Stone, pumice, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, stone, clays. 
Sand and gravel, stone. Do. 
Stone, lime, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, clays, stone. 
Stone. 
Sand and gravel, lime, stone, clays. 
Sand and gravel, stone. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Sand and gravel, stone. 
Stone, sand and gravel. Do. 
Sand and gravel. 
Stone, sand and gravel. 
Stone, sand and gravel, clays. 
Sand and gravel, stone. 
Sand and gravel, stone, clays. 
 Employment, Trade, and Markets.—According to figures published by
the Oregon Employment Division, Department of Human Resources, Oregon's work
force reached the million mark for the first time in June 1972. Total employment
in June was 
960,800. The 1972 civilian labor force increased 3% over the 1971 force.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment at yearend 1972 was 6.2% of the labor force
compared with 6.0% at yearend 1971. Principal industries showing increased
unemployment in 1972 were lumber, concrete products, and contract construction.
The mining industry showed an increase in employment of 14% between December
1971 and December 
1972. During 1972, employment in the primary metals manufacturing sector
rose 18% and in the fabricated metals sector, 
6%. Much of the hiring in the primary metals industry resulted from the aluminum
industry anticipating an expanding 
market in 1973. The primary metals indus. try set a record in November for
new hires with 3.1 new hires per 100 employees. Quits, which partially reflect
worker assessment of job opportunities, reached 3.1 (seasonally adjusted)
in 1972 and was the highest quit rate since June 1969 (3.5). Oregon's wage
and salary employment index2 averaged 119.5 in December 1972 compared with
114.9 in December 1971. This approximated the Nation's pattern which reached
114.3 in December 1972 compared with 109.9 a year earlier. 
 Oregon's excellent financial health was confirmed by key 1972 economic statistics.
These data, with the increase over that of 1971 shown in parentheses were
as follows: 
Personal income, $9.4 billion (10.7%); gross State product, $11.1 billion
(11.8%); retail sales, $4.8 billion (11.5%); average total 
 2 This index and all others used in the text assume a base of 1967= 100.


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