An Overview of Coal and the Economy in Appalachia

Author(s): Eric Bowen, Christiadi, John Deskins, and Brian Lego
Author Organization(s): West Virginia University

An Overview of Coal and the Economy in Appalachia, a report commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission, details major trends in coal employment and production in the Appalachian Region over the past two decades. The report examines where employment and production losses have been concentrated within the Region, and also what might be driving these declines. Furthermore, the report also explores the variation in socioeconomic indicators – labor force, population, income, education, and health – by mining and non-mining counties within Appalachia.