Mining production is expected to increase in 1982, as was the expectation for 1981. Tax law changes should encourage investment, and a new cabinet-level council is addressing mineral industry issues and problems. Improvement will be gradual, however, because changes in government policy do not have immediate effects. This paper covers SIC codes 10 and 14, nonfuel metallic and nonmetallic minerals. Sic code 10 includes ores of such metals as iron, copper, lead, zinc, and molybdenum. Sic code 14 includes both nonmetallics, such as stone, sand and gravel, and clays, and chemical minerals such as phosphate rock, potash and sulfur.