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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)

Lockard, D. W.; Schilling, John H.
Nevada,   pp. 337-349 ff. PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 339

* Employment and labor force, annual average: 
 Total civilian laborforce thousands_~.. 323.0 338.0 358.0 +5.9 
 Unemployment    do_ 23.0 15.0 18.0 +20.0 
Employment (nonagricultural): 
 Mining do~_ 
Manufacturing                                  
 Contractconstruction do___ 
 Transportation and public utilities do — - — 
 Wholesaleandretailtrade do~~ 
 Finance, insurance, real estate do — - — 
 Services do_ — - - 
Government                                    
 4.4 4.2 4.6 +9.5 
 15.1 17.8 19.5 +9.6 
 19.3 25.5 27.2 +6.7 
 18.8 20.9 23.0 +10.0 
 61.2 69.2 77.3 +11.2 
 12.8 14.4 16.8 +16.7 
 127.4 145.8 160.0 +9.7 
 49.2 52.2 54.7 +4.8 
 308.2 350.3 383.1 +9.4 
 $5,224 $6,222 $7,163 + 15.1 
 $8,202 $9,377 $10,204 +8.8 
20,396 225,620 18,962 
 $247.4 $316.1 $350.1 
 $56.0 $70.0 $43.7 
 511 613 610 
$263.8 $237.4 $238.2 
$414 $360 $339 
$2,387 $2,148 $2,154 
—26.0 
+ 10.8 
—37.6 
—.5 
+3 
—26.3 +3 
THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF NEVADA 
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Table 2.—Value of nonfuel mineral production in Nevada, by county
—Continued
(Thousands) 
County 
1977 
1978 
Mine~als~ro9c1in 1978 
Storey                  
Washoe                 
White Pine              
Undistributed'            
Total               
$6,168 
W 
W 
71,952 
$7,924 
W 
W 
28,965 
Diatomite, silver, gold, sand and gravel. Sand and gravel, pumice, clays.
Copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, tungsten, sand and gravel. 
2263,816 
237,409 
W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data; included with "Undi~jtributed."
1lncludes sand and gravel that cannot be assigned to specific counties, gem
stones, and values indicatedby symbol W. 
2Data do not add to total shown because of independent rounding. 
Table 3.—Indicators of Nevada business activity 
1978-79 
 1977 1978 lW79~' percent    change 
 Totalnonagriculturalemployment1 do___ 
Personal income: 
   Total millions~ 
   Per capita____________________________________________ 
 Const'~uction activity: 
Number of private and public residential unite authorized___________ 
 Value of nonresidential construction millions.. — 
ValueofStateroadcontractawards                     
Shipments of portland and masonry cement to and within the State thousand
short tons - 
Nonfuel mineral production value: 
 Total crude mineral value millions.. 
Value per capita, resident population  
Value per square mile___________________________________ 
5Preliminary. 
1lncludes oil extraction. 
2Series revised in 1978; data not comparable with those of prior years. 
 Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor, Highway
and Heavy Construction Magazine, and US. Bureau of Mines. 
injunction. The controversy continued through 1979, with the State Division
of Environmental Protection in the Governor's office determining the McGill
smelter air problem was under State jurisdiction. In October 1979, the State
intervened in a petition for appeal With Kennecott in U.S. Ninth District
Court. Smelter operations resumed in September following Governor List's
emergency order authorizing such actions. 
 In 1978, Duvall Corp. began phasing out copper operations at Battle Mountain
and 
initiated gold operations nearby. The company constructed a $4.5 million
plant for solvent extraction of gold; it will also produce about 20 tons
of cathode copper per day. Duval also experienced a 111-day strike, the first
in its history. The strike ended on January 10, 1979. 
 Operation of the Houston Oil and Minerals Corp. gold-silver Con-Imperial
pit in the legendary Comstock lode resulted in controversy. In the latter
part of 1979, Lyon County commissioners were drafting mining ordinances intended
to slow growth of 


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