Sand mines in Jackson County have become a large part of the local economy, providing good paying jobs to many residents in the area, but many argue that this economic benefit has a social cost.
The unemployment rate for February in Jackson County is sitting at 5.4 percent, which is above the 3.7 percent employment rate for the state of Wisconsin. Behind this strong unemployment rate are hundreds of employers in the county, including its six sand mines.
According to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, frac sand processing facilities create 50 to 80 jobs and each mine creates an additional 10 jobs. According to these numbers, sand processing facilities and mines in Jackson County directly employ between 360-540 people.