According to the National Mining Association, the total number of coal miners in the United States fell from 705,000 in 1923 to 87,000 in 2008, while coal production increased from 565,000 tons to over one billion tons during the same period. The number of coal miners actually increased slightly during the Obama Administration to 89,000 in 2012, the latest year for which data are available from the Energy Department.
1 in 78 New Jobs in America is a Solar Job
January 15 marked an important day for America’s clean energy economy with the release of The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census, which shows the solar industry’s explosive growth is creating thousands of new, highly skilled jobs throughout the country. As of November 2014, the solar industry employs 173,807 workers, representing a growth rate of nearly 22% over the previous year. Read more and see key findings on the EERE blog.