Mining was the third-biggest source of new jobs in the year to May, with new figures showing employment in the sector surged by more than a quarter.
ABS figures published today show there were 58,100 mining jobs created in the year to May, taking the number of workers employed in the industry to 275,200.
The renewable energy industry supports 110,000 jobs in the UK and could support 400,000 by 2020, a report says.
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) and consultants Innovas conclude that the industry is worth £12.5bn per year to the UK economy.
Last week the European Commission said low-carbon generation and energy efficiency could generate five million jobs across the EU by 2020.