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Coal-mining employment in West Virginia from 2009 to 2013, by mine type

This statistic shows the coal-mining employment in West Virginia from 2009 to 2013, by mine type. In 2009, 21,671 people were working in West Virginia's coal industry in total. Of that number, almost 15 thousand employees worked underground.


Coal-mining in West Virginia

Mining in West Virginia totaled 20,751 jobs in 2013 with 16,164 jobs located in underground mines and 4,587 jobs dedicated to surface mines. Based on underground mine production, West Virginia is one of the top states in the country. In the Appalachian region, where West Virginia is located, there were a total of 50 thousand coal mining jobs in 2013. Within West Virginia, 28 counties produce coal with the McDowell County producing the most. In West Virginia, business taxes paid by the coal and utility industry account for over half of the total business taxes paid.

In 2009, coal was extracted from 51 different coal seams in the state, there are 65 seams located in the region that are considered economically viable. However, West Virginia is not the largest producer of coal in the United States, nevertheless, it remains one of the largest producers in the United States. In 2013, Wyoming produced 388 million short tons of coal and West Virginia produced some 116 million short tons. Despite being one of the largest producers in the United States, coal consumption in many other states was greater than in West Virginia.

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 20092010201120122013
Underground 14,842 15,136 16,963 17,085 16,164
Surface 6,829 5,955 6,344 5,701 4,587
Total 21,671 21,091 23,307 22,786 20,751
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