North America extended its dominance for artificial intelligence (AI) hiring among mining industry companies in the three months ending June.

The number of roles in North America made up 52.6% of total AI jobs – up from 47.2% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Middle East & Africa, which saw a 0 year-on-year percentage point change in AI roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisements are then classified thematically.

GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

These key themes, which include artificial intelligence, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements it allows us to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels - and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Which countries are seeing the most growth for AI job ads in the mining industry?

The fastest growing country was Canada, which saw 3.9% of all AI job adverts in the three months ending June 2021, increasing to 8.2% in the three months ending June this year.

That was followed by the United Kingdom (up 4 percentage points), the United States (1.1), and Singapore (0.4).

The top country for AI roles in the mining industry is the United States which saw 41.6% of all roles advertised in the three months ending June.

Which cities and locations are the biggest hubs for AI workers in the mining industry?

Some 11.7% of all mining industry AI roles were advertised in Milwaukee (United States) in the three months ending June.

That was followed by Vancouver (Canada) with 5.6%, Pittsburgh (United States) with 3.3%, and Atlanta (United States) with 2.8%.