INFOGRAPHIC: Iron Ore—The strength behind the world’s leading industries

From energy and construction to transportation and equipment manufacturing, iron ore is critical to nearly every industry.

Beyond its applications, iron ore production is an economic stimulant critical to US growth. Because of the its immense supply of iron ore, America ranks among the top 10 producers of the metal, according to data from the National Mining Association.

In fact, in 2013, the value of iron ore produced in the US. amounted to $5 billion. And production of the metal, says the NMA, supported more than 20,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in 2012.

Here they explain it all:

INFOGRAPHIC: Iron Ore—The strength behind the world’s leading industries