During the presidential campaign this fall, there was a lot of talk about a "war on coal." Coal miners held rallies for Mitt Romney, and some coal companies announced layoffs that they blamed on President Obama's energy policies and regulations. But the most recent data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that coal mining employment has been fairly steady for the past few months. Last month, there were 82,000 employed coal miners (in the seasonally-adjusted data). In November, there were 83,000.
Coal Mining Employment Holding Steady Since November
By Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio • Feb 5, 2013