After Small Upswing, Coal Production and Jobs Dip Again in Eastern Kentucky

Lexington Herald-Leader - After an upswing this year, coal production declined in Eastern Kentucky in the July-through-September quarter and dragged employment down with it. Read

Statewide, however, production rose for the third quarter in a row because of growth in Western Kentucky, according to a report released Friday by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Tonnage had gone up in nearly every county in the state's eastern coalfield from April through June as companies filled orders after a hard winter, temporarily stanching the loss of coal jobs in the region.

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