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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.
Rhode Island,   pp. 465-468 PDF (339.8 KB)


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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 
Table 2.—Indicators of R 
hode Island 
business activity 
1977 
1978 
l9'i9~ 
1978-79 
percent 
change 
Employment and labor force, annual average: 
 Total civilian labor force thousands — Unemployment do~__ 
Employment (nonagricultural): 
 Mining do~ Manufacturing do_~ Contract construction do — —
—
 Transportation and public utilities do — — —
Wholesaleandretailtrade
do_ 
 Finance, insurance, real estate —  do — —
— Services
do~~ Government do..~ 
 Total nonagricultural employment do — — —
Personal mcome:
 Total millions. 
Percapita                            
Construction activity: 
Number of private and public residential units authorized               
Valueof nonresidential construction mihions — Valueof State road
contract
awards - - do_ — - - 
Shipments of portland and masonry cement to and within the State - thousand
short ton&. - 
Nonfuel mineral production value: 
 Total crude mineral value millions.. — 
Value per capita, resident population         
Valuepersquaremile                    
441.0 
38.0 
432.0 
29.0 
450.0 
30.0 
+4.2 
+3.4 
(1) 
128.8 
12.6 
13.3 
77.4 
19.1 
272.3 
58.2 
(1) 
134.4 
13.5 
13.3 
79.4 
20.0 
2754 
59.8 
(1) 
132.3 
13.6 
13.5 
81.1 
20.9 
2790 
59.8 
—1.6 +7 
+ 1.5 
+2.1 
+4.5 
+4.8 
381.7 
$6,310 
$6,731 
5,301 
$56.3 
$16.0 
144 
$6.3 
$7 
$5,189 
395.8 
$6,960 
$7,447 
~5,446 $59.0 
NA 
165 
$7.5 
$8 
$6,172 
~400.0 
$7,679 
$8,266 
5,327 
$64.2 NA 
165 
$7.9 
$8 
$6,496 
+ 1.1 
+10.3 
+11.0 
—2.2 
+8.8 
— — 
- - 
+5.3 
— — +5.2 
"Preliminary. NA Not avallable. 
1lncluded with "Services." 
2lncludes mining. 
3Data do not add to total shown because of independent rounding. 
4Series 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 U.S. Buresu of Mines. 
 Legislation and Government Programs.—The 1979 Rhode Island Legislature
passed a Uniform Blasting Law giving control over explosives and blasting
to the State Fire Marshall. The bill's standards for distance and size of
explosive charges were those recommended by the Federal Bureau of Mines.
The bill was opposed in Cumberland Hill where residents, concerned with blasting
operations at a local quarry, wanted local control over blasting activity.
 Rhode Island's coastal zone management program was approved by the Office
of Coastal Zone Management. The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act, passed
in 1972, provides States along the coast with the opportunity and financial
means to establish comprehensive management programs for their shorelines.
Mineral development in the coastal zone would be regulated by this program.
REVIEW BY NONFUEL MINERAL COMMODITIES 
NONMETALS 
 Cement.—Since Rhode Island has no cement-producing plants, cement
is imported from other northeastern States. Shipments into the State during
the biennium totaled 318,000 tons of portland-type and 11,000 tons of masonry-type
cement, which was used mostly in construction. 
 Sand and Gravel.—During 1978 and 1979, Rhode Island's sand and
gravel
industry comprised 25 companies operating 25 pits in 4 counties. In 1978,
Washington County was 
the leading producer, accounting for approximately 36% of the tonnage; however,
in 1979, Providence County led with 49% of the State's production. Principal
uses were asphalt and concrete aggregate, concrete products, roadbase, and
fill. 
 The State purchased 13,000 acres along the Big River and Wood River to construct
a water storage reservoir. Design studies for the reservoir were financed,
in part, by $500,000 from the sale of sand and gravel produced from the acquired
land. 


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