North America has a rich history as one of the world's leading producers of gold. Today, it produces nearly 16.4 million ounces of gold, representing 20 percent of the world's gold. The region is also a major consumer of gold, responsible for 13.5 percent of consumption in 2000.
The United States is the world's second-largest gold producing nation, and Canada is the fourth largest producer. Mexico, an emerging gold producer, is amongst the top 20 producing countries.
The U.S. gold industry is responsible for more than 66,000 jobs, creating more than $6 billion in economic activity and individual earnings of nearly $2 billion annually.
Gold is widely used in jewelry and as a store of value. Gold is also used in a wide range of important commercial and industrial uses, and its unique combination of properties makes it vital to some of our most advanced technologies.