Thursday, July 19, 2012 By Aaron Brown
Mines $979 $1278 $1617
Other Private Sector $531 $693 $712
Difference $448 $585 $ 905
This shows how mining wages have greatly outpaced other private sector wages in the region, now by almost 50 percent. These don't change the other numbers, but show a different side of the story. If you ever wonder why these jobs enjoy such strong local support, this is your answer. Mining jobs have become the best jobs in the region for most workers.
UPDATE: The Duluth News Tribune has a story on this topic, "It's Boom Times on the Iron Range." And it is, for mining jobs. In case my argument confuses anyone, my argument is not against mining but rather for the diversification of our economy so that our communities are healthier in the future.