Kentucky coal jobs at an all time low
A report from the Energy and Environment cabinet says Kentucky's coal jobs have hit an all-time low.
Jobs lost in the state from April through June were located primarily in the eastern Kentucky coalfields. Overall, mines in the eastern Kentucky region cut 916 coal-related jobs, equalling a 14.4% loss in a three month period.
As of July, 12,342 people were employed in Kentucky mines, the lowest number since 1927. On average, coal production has dropped by 41% over the past two years.
Reasons for the sharp decline include competition from natural gas, high production costs, and regulations to protect water and air quality.