Summary of Coal Production and Employment


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Production
Production (thousand short tons) 24,171 24,906 29,429 26,938 30,487 31,683 31,746 32,601 33,210 32,254 34,002 36,889 36,782 35,917 38,805 40,091 42,564 42,336 46,500
Surface Operations 8,133 8,882 10,543 10,427 10,022 10,273 8,848 9,933 9,633 9,159 8,042 8,900 9,602 8,909 9,371 9,543 8,174 8,087 7,646
Underground Mines 16,037 16,023 18,886 16,510 20,464 21,172 22,897 22,466 23,577 23,095 25,960 27,989 27,180 27,008 29,435 30,548 34,389 34,249 38,854
Continuous Miner 13,018 13,675 14,457 13,916 15,322 15,417 17,557 16,964 17,825 17,843 19,238 21,096 22,133 21,002 21,271 23,124 24,549 25,023 27,339
Longwall 3,019 2,348 4,429 2,594 5,142 5,755 5,341 5,704 5,752 5,192 6,359 6,801 4,913 5,936 7,317 7,247 9,322 8,303 9,998
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 60 363 91 134 71 846 177 518 922 1518
Number of Mines 261 252 269 265 292 295 323 327 342 361 352 356 325 373 421 407 424 483 489
Number of Producing Mines 139 144 162 156 167 152 173 204 205 201 220 237 226 244 285 278 299 353 N/A
Employment
Production Employees 4,394 4,358 4,782 4,764 4,501 4,353 4,811 5,261 4,928 5,456 5,802 6,534 6,093 6,795 8,318 9,146 9,009 9,756 10,265
Surface Mines 1,651 1,571 1,836 1,890 1,881 1,669 1,879 1,872 1,232 1,240 1,235 1,333 1,141 1,245 1,542 1,448 1,329 1,615 1,517
Underground Operations 2,743 2,787 2,946 2,874 2,620 2,684 2,932 3,389 3,696 4,216 4,567 5,201 4,952 5,730 6,776 7,698 7,680 8,141 8,748
Production Wages (thousands of dollars) 248,673 211,621 238,020 208,866 197,859 179,978 175,734 194,741 176,094 165,138 190,957 206,296 204,703 220,406 244,843 246,332 265,017 268,177 287,665
Total Worker Hours 9,358,362 8,822,478 9,774,608 9,469,502 9,036,446 8,584,102 11,450,214 9,786,846 8,816,166 9,001,417 10,506,272 11,491,823 11,453,486 12,143,903 14,813,944 14,583,278 15,964,553 16,962,239 17,826,603
Surface Mines 3,386,381 3,406,555 3,979,172 4,107,780 3,687,239 3,388,074 3,436,973 3,460,743 2,011,925 2,145,853 2,298,080 2,248,495 2,496,162 2,140,749 2,391,917 2,500,111 2,197,569 2,806,716 2,403,259
Underground Operations 5,971,981 5,415,923 5,795,436 5,361,722 5,349,207 5,196,028 8,013,241 6,326,103 6,804,241 6,855,564 8,208,192 9,243,328 9,047,324 10,003,154 12,422,027 12,083,167 13,766,984 14,155,523 15,423,344
Average Productivity (tons per worker hour) 2.58 2.82 3.01 2.84 3.37 3.66 2.77 3.31 3.77 3.58 3.24 3.21 3.19 2.96 2.62 2.75 2.67 2.50 2.61
Surface Mines 2.4 2.61 2.65 2.5 2.72 3.03 2.57 2.87 4.79 4.27 3.50 3.96 3.85 4.16 3.92 3.82 3.72 2.88 3.18
Underground Operations 2.69 2.96 3.26 3.11 3.83 4.07 2.86 3.55 3.88 3.37 3.16 3.03 3.00 2.70 2.37 2.53 2.50 2.42 2.52


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Note:
  • "Other" underground mine production may include continuous miner, longwall, or other mining methods.
  • Productivity is in tons per worker hour. Figures rounded (Calculated by VCCER).
  • Note on production wages, 1994: Wages for 19 mines producing 1,001,661 tons were unavailable, and have not been included in these totals.
  • While calculating total number of mines in 1993, mines changing ownership at mid-year have been counted as a single mine.
  • "Producing Mines" includes all mines reporting production greater than zero.
  • N/A refers to data unavailable from referenced sources at time of last update.


  • Source:
  • Virginia DMME, Division of Mines, Big Stone Gap, Virginia, USA.


  • Published in:
  • Virginia Coal, 2001 and its previous publications, VCCER.