Kentucky coal production declined 7.1% year over year in the second quarter, while coal mining jobs decreased 4.8%
The state produced 9.8 million tons of coal in the quarter, a 4.2% drop from the previous quarter, according to its Energy and Environment Cabinet. Western Kentucky, which accounted for 57% of the state's production, experienced a 2.5% drop in production from the previous quarter, while Eastern Kentucky decreased output by 6.3%.
Underground mining, by far the most common method in Kentucky, dropped 5.1% from the previous quarter and declined 4.7% year over year. Surface mines produced 2 million tons, dropping less than 1% from the previous quarter, and declining 14.8% year over year.
Employment fell by 56 jobs in the quarter to 6,238, showing a less than 1% drop from the previous quarter. The biggest job losses occurred in Bell and Pike counties.