ELKO — Elko’s growth due to the mining industry is not expected to level off any time soon.
As 2012 begins, Newmont Mining Corp. and Barrick Gold Corp. have released the number of new employees they expect to hire for their respective Nevada operations.
“I think Newmont realizes that we have a significant impact on our local community and we have a responsibility to report back to you (the impact),” Mary Korpi, Newmont’s director of external relations, said Tuesday as she addressed Elko City Council. “I know the interest is on employment, investment, what does that future look like.”
Newmont currently employs 3,800 people who live in a “50/50 split” between Carlin and Elko, and Battle Mountain and Winnemucca, Korpi said.
Last year, 600 new employees began at Newmont with 200 new job openings created.
This year should bring much of the same.