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Change in Number of Coal Mining Jobs from Previous Month, 1997-2017 [JSON] [iframe]

Chart uploaded on October 9, 2017.

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It is true that the coal mining industry has added jobs since President Trump has taken office -- about 2,100 jobs for a total of 52,100 jobs in the industry. That's about a 4% growth compared to January. But how much does this has to do with the President and how much does it have to do with a recent increase in coal prices? During President Barack Obama's first two years in the White House, the coal industry grew faster then it grew under Donald Trump. If natural gas prices fall again, then coal prices will fall and the sector will sink again.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Mining and Logging: Coal Mining [CES1021210001], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CES1021210001, October 9, 2017.

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