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Coal Jobs Continue To Decline

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The latest report from the Kentucky Energy Cabinet shows more bad news for the commonwealth's declining coal industry. The cabinet released numbers this week showing a loss of more than 2,300 jobs in 2013.

This marks the third straight year of declining coal jobs in the state, and most of those losses have been in eastern Kentucky. Production in the region is also declining and was eclipsed by coal production in the western coalfields.

Numerous factors have led to the coal industry’s recent problems, including increased regulations on coal mining and burning, decreased competitiveness compared to cheap natural gas and declining reserves.

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