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

White, Doss H., Jr.; Davis, Robert I.
New Hampshire,   pp. 351-356 PDF (588.9 KB)


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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 
Table 2.—Value of nonfuel mineral production in New Hampshire,
by county
(Thousands) 
County 1977 1978 Mine~als~rod~ce~ 
in 1978 
Belknap $1,131 $1,572 Sand andgraveL 
Carroll 1,896 2,279 Do. 
Cheshire 1,057 1,173 Do. 
Coos  703 1,030    Do. 
Grafton W W Sand and gravel, stone. 
Hillsborough W 6,588 Do. 
Merrimack W W Stone, sand and graveL 
Rockingham W 2,542 Sand and gravel, stone. 
Strafford W W Sand and gravel, clays. 
Sullivan 528 631 Sand and gravel. 
Undistributed1 15,386 7,355 
 Total 220,701 23,167 
W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data; included with "Undistributed."
1lncludes gem stones and values indicated by symbol W. 
2Data do not add to total shown because of independent rounding. 
Table 3.—Indicators of New Hampshire business activity 
 1977 1978 
l9't9~ 
1978-79 
percent 
change 
Employment and labor force, annual average: 
 Totalcivilianlaborforce thousand&._ 410.0 427.0 
444.0 
+4.0 
Unemployment do~ 24.0 16.0 
Employment (nonagricultural): 
 Mining do__~ .4 .4 Manufacturing do~_ 101.4 109.8 Contractconstruction do~
17.0 18.8 
14.0 
-12.5 
.4 
116.0 
20.7 
+5.6 
+10.1 
Transportationandpublicutilities do_~ 12.3 13.0Wholesaleandretailtrade do_.
73.7 80.2 
13.5 
83.2 
+3.8 
+3.7 
 Finance, insurance, real estate do~ 16.2 17.4 Services do~~ 62.3 65.3 Government
do_ 53.8 56.4 
 Total nonagricultural employment do — — —
337.1 361.3
Personal income: 
18.7 
67.7 
57.2 
+7.5 
+3.7 
+2.3 
377.4 
+4.5 
  Total millions $5,644 $6,427  Percapita  $6,639 $7,378Construction activity:
 Number of private and public residential units authorized  6,702 117,162
 Valueof nonresidential construction millions — $67.9 $67.7 
 ValueofStateroadcontractawards do~ $60.0 NA 
Shipments of portland and masonry cement to and within the State 
 thousand short tons — 276 347 
$7,301 
$8,231 
6,891 
$80.2 
$30.0 
318 
+13.6 
+11.6 
-3.8 
+18.5 
-8.4 
Nonfuel mineral production value: 
 Totalcrude mineral value millions $20.7 $23.2 
$23.3 
+4 
Valuepercapita,residentpopulation_ $24 $27Valuepersquaremile $2,225 $2,491
$26 
$2,500 
-3.7 +4 
"Preliminary. NA Not available. 
 Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor, Highway
and Heavy Construction Magazine, and U.S. Bureau of Mines. 
 Of all the New England States, New Hampshire during the 1978-79 biennium
enjoyed one of the highest growth rates in terms of its economy and population
and also had one of the lowest unemployment rates per capita. State officials
have been concerned, however, about finding ways to control growth for social
and environmental reasons. One approach, controlling land use, had adversely
affected the State's mining industry. 
 In numerous areas of the State, commercial gravel deposits have been depleted,
preempted for other land uses, or restricted by environmental regulations
that forbid mining or make it uneconomical. An increasing number of local
zoning or planning boards was denying requests for mining permits. In some
cases, mining companies had to undergo lengthy and costly court appeals in
attempts to obtain necessary permits; thus, prices of basic construction
materials have 


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