Coal Hard Facts: Wyoming, Not Kentucky, is King of Coal

Once the leading coal-producing state in the nation, Kentucky was displaced by Wyoming in 1988. With its thick flat seams of cheap, low-sulfur coal, Wyoming accounts for 40% of national production. Kentucky’s coal production peaked in 1990 and has declined ever since. Ten of its eastern coal-producing counties have double-digit unemployment, while Wyoming’s energy-rich Campbell County has an unemployment rate of 2.9%.

Published JULY 18, 2014

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Census, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

GRAPHIC: DAVE MERRILL / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA