HOT BLAST: 'Coal companies simply don't need as many workers'
Nov 04, 2013 | 1110 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Journal relies on five charts to answer an interesting question - Who Killed All the Coal Jobs?

It's tempting to ascribe the drop in coal-miner payrolls in Appalachia to the industry's decline in the region, but a look at total coal production reveals a disconnect. The total coal output of the two states has held relatively steady over the past three decades, particularly when compared with the states' combined coal-miner employment.

So why are payrolls plunging while production holds steady? Part of the disparity stems from technology: Coal companies simply don't need as many workers to produce the same amount of coal.

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