Pennsylvania Coal Facts:
- The Coal Industry results in employment of about 36,200 individuals in full and part-time jobs in Pennsylvania.
- About 13,900 of these jobs are directly in the Coal Industry, and
- About 22,300 of these jobs are in industries that support coal
- The Coal Industry adds about $4.1 billion in total value to the Pennsylvania GDP annually.
- About $2.1 billion resulting from the direct output of the coal industry.
- About $2 billion from the indirect impacts of the supply chain.
- 53 percent of the value added from the Coal Industry comes from labor income.
- 35 percent of the value added comes from investor and property owner income.
- Indirect business taxes paid by the Coal Industry make up 11 percent of total value added to the Pennsylvania economy.
- Coal mine employees work in 30 of 67 counties across the state.
- Coal mining average wages are about $30,000 higher than the average of Pennsylvania private sector jobs.
- Almost 68 million tons of coal were mined in Pennsylvania – the fourth largest producer in the nation.
- Over $1.4 billion worth of coal and mining products produced in Pennsylvania were shipped abroad in 2012.
- Pennsylvania has the largest mining machinery and equipment manufacturing industry in the country, accounting for 24 percent of that sector’s U.S. employment.
- Coal generates more electricity in Pennsylvania than any other resource, providing 40 percent.
- Pennsylvania generates 227 million megawatts of energy, second most in the country.
- Pennsylvania is the largest net exporter of electricity among the states.
Source: The Economic Impact of the Coal Industry in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Economy League, April 2014.