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Yukon: Economy

Mining, the Yukon's largest industry, accounts for more than 30 percent of the economy. Tourism provides a further base for jobs and services. Efforts have recently been made to promote other sectors, such as the forest industry. The fur trade is important for about 3 percent of the population, mainly Aboriginals. A small fishing industry operates in Dawson City to export salmon, and other commercial fisheries supply local consumers.

Agriculture - expensive by North American standards - is a small but expanding industry. Although growth of the agricultural industry is limited by climate and the availability of productive land new research programs hold promise for the future.


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