Coal-mining employment in West Virginia 2009-2018

This statistic shows the coal-mining employment in West Virginia from 2009 to 2018, by mine type. In 2018, 13,962 people were working in West Virginia's coal industry in total. Of that number, almost 10,800 of the employees worked in underground coal mines.

Coal-mining in West Virginia

Coal-mining in West Virginia totaled 13,962 jobs in 2018, with 10,767 jobs located in underground mines and 3,195 jobs dedicated to surface mines. Based on underground coal mine production, West Virginia is one of the top states in the country. In the Appalachian region, where West Virginia is located, there were nearly 30,000 coal mining jobs in 2018, up from nearly 29,600 in 2017.

In 2009, coal was extracted from 51 different coal seams in the state, and there are 65 seams located in the region that are considered economically viable. While West Virginia is not the largest producer of coal in the United States, it nevertheless remains one of the largest producers in the United States, only surpassed by Wyoming. In 2017, Wyoming produced 316.5 million short tons of coal, and West Virginia produced some 92.8 million short tons. Despite being one of the largest producers in the United States, coal consumption is greater in many other U.S. states than in West Virginia.

Coal-mining employment in West Virginia from 2009 to 2018, by mine type

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Release date

October 2019

Region

United States (West Virginia)

Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Includes all employees engaged in production, preparation, processing, development, maintenance, repair shop, or yard work at mining operations, including office workers. Excludes preparation plants with less than 5,000 employee hours per year, which are not required to provide data.
This statistic was assembled using several editions of the report.

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