Sunday, December 2, 2012

A SMALL TOWN DEATH KNELL IN SUPERIOR ARIZONA

400 Mine Jobs to be Eliminated in Superior, AZ
SUPERIOR, Ariz. — An Arizona mining company says it will suspend shaft and drilling work at its Superior operation and eliminate approximately 400 jobs as a result of continued uncertainty regarding a proposed land exchange.
Resolution Copper Mining says it'll try to place affected workers within other operations of Resolution or with projects of London-based Rio Tinto, one of Resolution's owners.
The job reductions amount to about 75 percent of Resolution's workforce. The reductions are to start by the end of December and concluded by the end of March.
Resolution would swap 5,300 acres of land for conservation purposes for 2,400 acres of national forest land that company calls critical for its expansion plans.
The exchange has been stalled in Congress for years, opposed by some conservationists and American Indians.
Population in 2010: 2,837. Population change since 2000: -12.8%
Males: 1,404 


Females: 1,433 



Median resident age: 



Arizona median age: 



Zip codes: 85273.
Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,223 (it was $27,069 in 2000)
Superior:
$35,223
Arizona:
$48,745
Estimated per capita income in 2009: $16,567
Superior town income, earnings, and wages data
Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $60,739 (it was $45,400 in 2000)
Superior:
$60,739
Arizona:
$187,700
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $101,284; Detached houses: $105,781; Townhouses or other attached units: $96,989; Mobile homes: $65,287; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $158,774
Median gross rent in 2009: $496.

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