by Dorothy Kosich, MineWeb.com
Preliminary 2013 annual U.S. gold production was 231,000 kilograms (7,426,822 troy ounces), down 4,000 kg (128,602 troy ounces) from 235,000 kg (7,555,425 troy ounces) from full-year 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey recently reported.
Gold was produced at about 50 lode mines, a few larger placer mines (all in Alaska) and numerous smaller placer mines in Alaska and in the western states. The USGS estimated that 1,140 persons were directly employed in U.S. gold mining, down from 1,673 persons in 2012.
Commercial-grade fine gold came from about 24 producers, the USGS estimated.
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