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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.

Filed under: Kentucky | Announcements | Environment | Mining


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