Figures show coal employment up in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State figures show that coal mining
employment in West Virginia is at its highest level since the
The Charleston Gazette ( ) says a recent
analysis of Workforce West Virginia figures by Ted Boettner with
the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy shows there were
nearly 22,700 mining jobs in 2011. That's the highest level since
According to separate figures from the state Office of Miners'
Health, Safety and Training, there were 22,300 mining jobs in 2011.
That's the highest level since 1993.
But the U.S. Department of Energy projects that coal production
in Central Appalachia will decline in the future. The agency says
coal production in West Virginia so far this year is about 7
percent lower than during the same period in 2011.

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