This statistic shows the leading states in the United States based on number of coal-mining jobs from 2009 to 2013. In 2009, there were 18,850 jobs in this industry in Kentucky.
Coal-mining employment in the U.S.
In 2013, West Virginia and Kentucky held the most coal-mining jobs in the United States, totaling 20,751 jobs and 12,905 jobs, respectively. Based on production regions, the Appalachian region held a significant portion of available coal-mining jobs. The total number of coal-mining employment in the United States reached 80,396 jobs in 2013. Many of the jobs were in underground mines. Similarly, in West Virginia, there were 16,164 underground mining jobs and 4,587 surface mining jobs as of 2013.
In the mining industry, there were 793,000 jobs in the United States as of 2012, an increase from the 502,000 jobs in 2003. With the exclusion of the oil and gas sector, there were 218,000 jobs in 2012 in the nation with 18.8 billion U.S. dollars in employee compensation. Coal mining employment has increased in the early 2010s due to increases in exports and decreases within local coal mines. Decreases in productivity within the mines require more workers per unit of production. Although, energy derived from coal still supports a large part of the U.S.’s electricity, jobs in the solar power industry is currently providing many more jobs than the coal mining industry.