Summary of Coal Production and Employment


  2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983
Production
Production Total (thousand short tons) 27,964 31,560 31,691 30,126 32,989 33,131 32,577 33,819 36,511 35,800 34,601 37,133 39,035 42,211 41,691 45,977 43,249 45,844 43,866 40,949 39,932 39,588 33,914
Surface 11,578 10,988 10,546 9,635 10,486 9,951 10,015 8,543 9,207 9,728 8,934 8,909 9,192 8,187 8,017 7,749 6,950 7,849 7,451 7,152 7,041 7,614 7,175
Underground 16,386 20,346 21,145 20,491 22,503 23,181 22,562 25,275 27,303 26,072 25,667 28,225 29,844 34,024 33,674 38,228 36,299 37,996 36,414 33,797 32,891 31,973 26,739
Number of Mines 265 260 264 280 282 311 324 327 332 339 338 371 453 425 475 515 699 769 838 934 889 891 880
Surface 99 91 84 92 87 106 112 101 95 101 80 96 167 109 125 139 275 302 318 362 266 285 261
Underground 122 124 134 145 154 158 163 172 185 186 201 214 225 247 274 298 341 382 433 485 529 521 535
Employment
Average Number of Miners 5,339 5,045 4,892 5,248 5,629 5,614 5,880 6,347 7,169 7,004 7,694 8,990 9,353 10,391 10,967 11,608 11,443 12,740 13,381 14,117 14,693 15,386 14,237
Coal Processing Mill 623 707 613 628 591 601 625 787 861 863 934 1,058 1,139 1,283 1,389 1,536 1,538 1,572 1,548 1,644 1,698 1,678 1,620
Surface 1,599 1,301 1,355 1,317 1,391 1,383 1,417 1,249 1,397 1,341 1,481 1,667 1,662 1,705 1,819 1,673 1,552 1,713 2,225 2,048 2,127 2,272 2,285
Underground 3,117 2,781 2,923 3,303 3,646 3,630 3,839 4,312 4,911 4,800 5,279 6,265 6,553 7,403 7,759 8,399 8,353 9,455 9,609 10,424 10,868 11,436 10,332
Productivity (short tons per miner hour) 2.49 2.89 3.11 2.89 2.86 3.05 2.99 2.72 2.66 2.59 2.36 2.33 2.23 2.18 2.07 2.08 2.01 1.99 1.87 1.67 1.61 1.51 1.44
Surface 3.15 3.66 3.53 3.39 3.67 3.78 3.63 3.41 3.48 3.47 3.31 3.08 2.99 2.77 2.51 2.53 2.45 2.41 2.12 2.06 2.00 1.92 1.84
Underground 2.68 3.53 3.61 3.29 3.05 3.34 3.28 3.04 2.92 2.83 2.53 2.59 2.45 2.45 2.35 2.40 2.34 2.30 2.18 1.91 1.83 1.70 1.63


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Note:
  • Number of Mines includes all permitted mines, including inactive mines
  • Figures calculated, and some rounded by VCCER; due to rounding figures are approximate.


  • Source:
  • Part 50 Data Mine Safety and Health Administration, MSHA