Black Lung Benefits benefits currently payable 1970-2015

Total number of Black Lung Benefits currently payable to U.S. miners, widows, and dependents from 1970 to 2015

by Matej Mikulic, last edited Mar 14, 2017
Black Lung Benefits benefits currently payable 1970-2015 The statistic represents the number of Black Lung Benefits currently payable to US miners, widows, and dependents from 1970 to 2015. In 2006, 40,018 miners, widows, and dependents had Black Lung Benefits currently payable.
Black Lung Benefits

The Black Lung Benefits Act is a governmental program with the aim of offering payments and medical help to coal miners who suffer from the black lung disease (pneumoconiosis). These benefits also include miners’ widows and other dependents. This Act was introduced in 1973, but has its roots in the early 50s, when Alabama was the first state to provide compensation for coal workers disabled from pneumoconiosis. Since the late 60s, the United Mine Workers pushed towards the enacting of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.

According to the decreasing number of coal miners, the number of persons who receive Black Lung Benefits nowadays is relatively small. While, for example, there were almost 170,000 miners receiving benefits in the mid-70s, this number was only under one thousand in 2014. Furthermore, there are currently some nine thousand widows and 3,200 dependents receiving such benefits. In total, that means that some 109 million U.S. dollars are paid annually. This is quite a change from more than one billion U.S. dollars in the mid-80s.
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Total number of Black Lung Benefits currently payable to U.S. miners, widows, and dependents from 1970 to 2015

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Number of recipients
201512,948
201414,946
201316,958
201219,490
201121,944
201025,293
200928,558
200832,411
200736,231
200640,018
200546,609
200452,362
200364,237
200271,584
200179,518
200089,355
199998,977
1998109,271
1997119,233
1996131,143
1995143,011
1994155,172
1993168,365
1992182,396
1991196,419
1990210,678
1989225,764
1988241,626
1987258,988
1986275,783
1985294,846
1984313,822
1983333,358
1982354,569
1981376,505
1980399,477
1979418,948
1978439,970
1977457,399
1976469,655
1975482,311
1974487,216
1973461,491
1972298,963
1971231,729
1970111,976
Number of recipients
201512,948
201414,946
201316,958
201219,490
201121,944
201025,293
200928,558
200832,411
200736,231
200640,018
200546,609
200452,362
200364,237
200271,584
200179,518
200089,355
199998,977
1998109,271
1997119,233
1996131,143
1995143,011
1994155,172
1993168,365
1992182,396
1991196,419
1990210,678
1989225,764
1988241,626
1987258,988
1986275,783
1985294,846
1984313,822
1983333,358
1982354,569
1981376,505
1980399,477
1979418,948
1978439,970
1977457,399
1976469,655
1975482,311
1974487,216
1973461,491
1972298,963
1971231,729
1970111,976
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by Matej Mikulic, last edited Mar 14, 2017
The statistic represents the number of Black Lung Benefits currently payable to US miners, widows, and dependents from 1970 to 2015. In 2006, 40,018 miners, widows, and dependents had Black Lung Benefits currently payable.
Black Lung Benefits

The Black Lung Benefits Act is a governmental program with the aim of offering payments and medical help to coal miners who suffer from the black lung disease (pneumoconiosis). These benefits also include miners’ widows and other dependents. This Act was introduced in 1973, but has its roots in the early 50s, when Alabama was the first state to provide compensation for coal workers disabled from pneumoconiosis. Since the late 60s, the United Mine Workers pushed towards the enacting of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.

According to the decreasing number of coal miners, the number of persons who receive Black Lung Benefits nowadays is relatively small. While, for example, there were almost 170,000 miners receiving benefits in the mid-70s, this number was only under one thousand in 2014. Furthermore, there are currently some nine thousand widows and 3,200 dependents receiving such benefits. In total, that means that some 109 million U.S. dollars are paid annually. This is quite a change from more than one billion U.S. dollars in the mid-80s.
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