Employment

 

The Kentucky coal mining industry has a current work force of approximately 17,959* people directly employed in coal mining jobs.  The Western Kentucky coal field directly employs approximately 2,949 persons, while the Eastern Kentucky coal field provides 15,010 direct mining jobs.

Eastern Kentucky averaged just over 84% of Kentucky’s coal mining work force and accounted for about 78% of Kentucky’s total coal production in 2006.  Western Kentucky averaged approximately 16% of Kentucky’s coal mining work force and accounted for about 22% of Kentucky’s total coal production in 2006.

Kentucky produced 120.8 million tons during 2006 while direct mining employment continued to increase over the past two years.

Kentucky Coal Mining Employment, 1979-2006

Western Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky

Year

Surface

Underground

   Total

Surface

Underground

   Total

Totals

1979

4,343

6,945

11,288

12,838

23,064

35,902

47,190

1980

3,995

7,879

11,874

11.819

22,702

34,521

46,395

1981

4,056

6,489

10,545

13,473

24,032

37,505

48,050

1982

4,120

5,639

9,759

12,319

22,782

35,101

44,860

1983

3,415

4,918

8,333

10,485

17,615

28,100

36,433

1984

4,022

4,053

8,075

11,327

18,474

29,801

37,876

1985

3,421

4,294

7,715

10,516

18,583

29,099

36,814

1986

2,327

4,297

6,624

8,718

17,312

26,030

32,654

1987

2,345

4,605

6,950

8,740

16,900

25,640

32,590

1988

1,825

4,388

6,213

8,261

16,085

24,346

30,599

1989

1,870

4,166

6,036

8,034

16,586

24,620

30,656

1990

2,095

3,491

5,586

7,505

17,407

24,912

30,498

1991

1,910

3,603

5,513

6,251

14,878

21,129

26,642

1992

1,722

3,483

5,205

6,014

13,405

19,419

24,624

1993

1,887

3,465

5,352

5,683

13,028

18,711

24,063

1994

1,803

2,988

4,791

5,728

12,849

18,577

23,368

1995

1,109

3,176

4,285

5,474

11,366

16,840

21,125

1996

1,095

2,601

3,696

4,855

10,275

15,130

18,826

19979372,5783,5155,05310,36915,42218,937
19987472,7633,5105,4939,92415,41718,927
19996152,3092,9244,9739,31414,28717,211
20004502,0602,5104,1628,82812,99015,500
20015581,8642,4225,1979,91515,11217,534
20024952,0292,5245,2379,28114,51817,042
20034431,7732,2164,8968,14313,03915,255
20043701,8802,2504,9018,37113,27215,522
20054462.2542,7005,4078,88314,29016,990
20063502,5992,9495,7079,30315,01017,959

*NOTE: State employment numbers (Coal County Employment and Wages) differ from federal EIA numbers.

Source: U.S. DOE - EIA; Coal Industry Annual, 1993-2006, Coal Production, 1979-1992.

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