The mines employ approximately 1,600 employees in New Mexico. In addition, there are currently about 300 copper-related contractors working in New Mexico. The total direct and indirect impact of copper operations on the New Mexico economy is approximately 4,800 jobs. The total annual wages and salaries of these employees, who are residents of New Mexico, are estimated to be $122 million. If health and retirement benefits are included, the total compensation of these employees is $167 million per year.