You certainly have heard of the "war on coal." During the 2012 election, you may even have seen signs or ads attacking the President for supposedly waging war on coal.
But the average number of coal mining jobs during the Obama administration has been 15.3% higher than the average during the Bush administration, according to a new report on coal mining employment.
The average number of mining jobs during the Bush administration was 76,470 but 88,152 during the Obama administration. The report further finds that the number of coal mining jobs in 2011 and 2012 were the highest for any two-year period in the last 15. It also looks at employment numbers from 2001 to 2012 in the top 10 coal mining states and makes for fascinating reading.
The report states that declining productivity of coal mines and record coal exports have led to increased coal mining jobs. Again, the report is fascinating reading.