The Reality of Coal Mining Jobs
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Think about coal miners and you probably envision old Americana images: soot-blackened union guys with picks slung over their shoulders. But the truth is, modern-day coal mining is highly mechanized and it employs relatively few workers, many of them non-union. Consider the coal companies in the Powder River Basin that extract nearly 500 million tons of coal each year with just 7,000 workers. Yet it also means that coal mining is a poor strategy to create jobs.