YearEstimated Mining Empl.Estimated Indep. Contr. Empl.Estimated Coal Prep. Empl.Estimated Total Empl.Coal ProductionCoke ProductionFatalitiesInjuries
1863N/AN/AN/A0444,648N/AN/AN/A
1864N/AN/AN/A0454,888N/AN/AN/A
1865N/AN/AN/A0487,897N/AN/AN/A
1866N/AN/AN/A0512,068N/AN/AN/A
1867N/AN/AN/A0589,360N/AN/AN/A
1868N/AN/AN/A0609,227N/AN/AN/A
1869N/AN/AN/A0603,148N/AN/AN/A
1870N/AN/AN/A0608,878N/AN/AN/A
1871N/AN/AN/A0618,830N/AN/AN/A
1872N/AN/AN/A0700,000N/AN/AN/A
1873N/AN/AN/A01,000,000N/AN/AN/A
1874N/AN/AN/A01,120,000N/AN/AN/A
1875N/AN/AN/A01,120,000N/AN/AN/A
1876N/AN/AN/A0896,000N/AN/AN/A
1877N/AN/AN/A01,200,000N/AN/AN/A
1878N/AN/AN/A01,200,000N/AN/AN/A
1879N/AN/AN/A01,400,000N/AN/AN/A
18803,726N/AN/A3,7261,829,844121,715N/AN/A
18814,470N/AN/A4,4701,680,000164,058N/AN/A
18825,214N/AN/A5,2142,240,000202,103N/AN/A
18836,394N/AN/A6,3942,335,833190,8892031
18846,351N/AN/A6,3513,360,000182,000N/AN/A
18857,292N/AN/A7,2923,369,062187,6192333
18867,262N/AN/A7,2624,005,796228,9234958
18877,436N/AN/A7,4364,881,620164,16031N/A
18888,456N/AN/A8,4565,498,800517,3178N/A
18899,006N/AN/A9,0066,231,880624,03327N/A
189011,497N/AN/A11,4977,394,564892,49039N/A
189113,023N/AN/A13,0239,220,6651,208,4183666
189213,894N/AN/A13,8949,738,7551,333,4393693
189315,290N/AN/A15,29010,708,5781,090,90972140
189417,584N/AN/A17,58411,627,7571,067,15659N/A
189518,588N/AN/A18,58811,387,9611,204,65783N/A
189622,071N/AN/A22,07112,876,2961,594,69165132
189721,422N/AN/A21,42214,248,1591,374,49763167
189823,262N/AN/A23,26216,700,9991,742,25687121
189925,108N/AN/A25,10819,252,9951,950,17989193
190029,017N/AN/A29,01722,647,2072,496,107141176
190132,386N/AN/A32,38624,068,4021,932,912130180
190235,147N/AN/A35,14724,570,8262,249,744120238
190339,452N/AN/A39,45229,337,2412,483,376159223
190445,492N/AN/A45,49232,406,7522,276,451140211
190549,950N/AN/A49,95037,791,5802,738,777194250
190653,769N/AN/A53,76943,290,3503,534,314268299
190756,256N/AN/A56,25648,091,5833,828,649356448
190860,397N/AN/A60,39749,000,0002,978,263625842
190962,189N/AN/A62,18949,697,0183,096,5613641,032
191068,135N/AN/A68,13559,274,7084,217,381320942
191170,644N/AN/A70,64460,517,1672,697,047332819
191269,611N/AN/A69,61166,731,5871,992,696409840
191370,321N/AN/A70,32169,182,7912,521,800308668
191476,041N/AN/A76,04173,666,9811,957,401541870
191581,328N/AN/A81,32871,812,9171,103,0044551,628
191680,058N/AN/A80,05889,165,7721,957,6323991,177
191788,665N/AN/A88,66589,383,4492,533,314394933
191892,132N/AN/A92,13290,766,6362,843,636404795
191991,566N/AN/A91,56684,980,5511,956,068378942
192097,426N/AN/A97,42689,590,2711,172,217320848
1921116,726N/AN/A116,72690,452,996836,728346842
1922107,709N/AN/A107,70979,394,786175,156330542
1923121,280N/AN/A121,28097,475,177823,912388908
1924115,964N/AN/A115,964156,570,631649,5745511,250
1925111,708N/AN/A111,708123,061,985503,7896863,394
1926120,638N/AN/A120,638144,603,574591,3755742,854
1927119,618N/AN/A119,618146,088,121515,5285903,443
1928112,715N/AN/A112,715133,866,587431,0684754,560
1929107,393N/AN/A107,393139,297,146499,3574894,801
1930107,832N/AN/A107,832122,429,767427,6794122,960
193197,953N/AN/A97,953102,698,420116,6853482,938
193286,829N/AN/A86,82986,114,50649,3232632,654
193395,367N/AN/A95,36794,130,508113,0822497,854
1934106,590N/AN/A106,59098,441,233171,9902789,953
1935109,779N/AN/A109,77999,441,233153,69031111,573
1936111,625N/AN/A111,625118,134,202230,85733713,757
1937115,052N/AN/A115,052118,965,066276,77836714,862
1938103,735N/AN/A103,73593,511,099146,0922399,198
1939104,022N/AN/A104,022108,515,66580,3102669,223
1940130,457N/AN/A130,457126,619,825217,94337610,739
1941112,875N/AN/A112,875140,944,744267,24329011,318
1942112,817N/AN/A112,817156,752,598295,81438013,912
1943105,585N/AN/A105,585160,429,576408,83732514,120
1944103,146N/AN/A103,146164,954,218351,07131314,657
194597,380N/AN/A97,380151,909,714275,92226914,007
1946102,393N/AN/A102,393143,977,874153,78724314,595
1947116,421N/AN/A116,421173,653,816256,37225414,857
1948125,669N/AN/A125,669168,589,033222,61427714,049
1949121,121N/AN/A121,121122,913,540106,20315110,141
1950119,568N/AN/A119,568145,563,295169,52818510,142
1951111,562N/AN/A111,562163,448,001300,58019110,918
1952100,862N/AN/A100,862142,181,271223,5411639,629
195384,093N/AN/A84,093131,872,56393,9911137,498
195464,849N/AN/A64,849113,039,04633,4471295,767
195554,321N/AN/A54,321137,073,37282,3461257,141
195668,318N/AN/A68,318150,401,23336,4941475,747
195766,792N/AN/A66,792150,220,54878,9681847,008
195855,065N/AN/A55,065115,245,79126,3661486,035
195952,352N/AN/A52,352117,770,00255,772864,593
196048,696N/AN/A48,696120,107,99401154,571
196142,557N/AN/A42,557111,370,8630844,362
196243,456N/AN/A43,456117,018,4190774,322
196344,854N/AN/A44,854128,924,16501264,305
196444,205N/AN/A44,205139,361,2040854,327
196544,885N/AN/A44,885149,236,0130934,540
196643,344N/AN/A43,344148,826,592327,447814,354
196742,742N/AN/A42,742152,461,56742,952604,248
196841,573N/AN/A41,573145,113,55029,7841523,845
196941,941N/AN/A41,941139,315,72043,200693,955
197045,261N/AN/A45,261143,132,28479,800634,614
197148,858N/AN/A48,858118,317,78564,789414,689
197248,190N/AN/A48,190122,856,37835,600485,064
197345,041N/AN/A45,041115,239,14670,600414,632
197446,026N/AN/A46,026101,713,58090,000364,129
197555,256N/AN/A55,256109,048,89852,420344,996
197659,802N/AN/A59,802108,793,59488,360326,863
197761,815N/AN/A61,81595,405,97711,225285,097
197862,982N/AN/A62,98284,697,0486,000294,210
197958,565N/AN/A58,565112,380,8833,900356,015
198055,502N/AN/A55,502121,583,7620335,715
198155,411N/AN/A55,411112,813,9720284,842
198253,941N/AN/A53,941128,778,0760224,358
198335,831N/AN/A35,831115,135,4540132,934
198439,950N/AN/A39,950131,040,5660162,370
198535,913N/AN/A35,913127,867,3750161,691
198632,329N/AN/A32,329130,787,2330181,505
198728,885N/AN/A28,885137,672,2760112,595
198828,100N/AN/A28,100144,917,7880122,544
198928,323N/AN/A28,323151,834,721092,337
199028,876N/AN/A28,876171,155,0530122,406
199127,479N/AN/A27,479166,715,2710222,271
199227,065N/AN/A27,065163,797,7100161,979
199322,386N/AN/A22,386133,700,8560111,533
199421,414N/AN/A21,414164,200,5720101,544
199521,602N/AN/A21,602167,096,2110151,530
1996*18,939N/A2,35721,296174,008,2170111,285
1997*18,165N/A2,37720,542181,914,000061,139
1998*17,383N/A2,26219,645180,794,012061,299
1999*14,845N/A2,79517,640169,206,834091,084
2000*14,281N/A1,99116,272169,370,602091,019
2001*15,729N/A2,08217,811175,052,8570141,219
2002*15,377N/A2,08117,458163,896,890061,394
2003**14,8715,4072,14322,421145,899,599081,206
2004**16,0374,9882,00623,031153,631,6330121,076
2005**18,4746,0872,08726,648159,498,069041,100
2006**20,5336,4992,38729,419158,835,5840251,039
2007**19,1754,8042,34226,321160,043,93009939
2008**21,1905,2742,36828,832165,750,81709973
2009**20,7535,1002,34328,196144,017,758031,140
2010**20,45619,3502,22842,034142,944,1060351,137
2011**22,33620,1612,36844,865139,424,080061,248
2012**22,32629,3752,23353,934129,538,51507978
2013**19,43230,4812,30052,213120,342,84606974
2014**18,18045,3081,94065,428123,543,71205994
2015**16,00930,4311,88748,327102,954,67602780
2016**12,67132,2841,38446,33988,427,16903605
2017**13,68134,6251,34049,646105,034,81508744
2018**13,67036,3621,57751,609104,969,18804754
2019**14,45138,0661,49254,009100,308,37004734
2020**12,29536,3781,41650,08972,951,37402447
TOTAL   14,706,669,26880,004,74821,198490,433

Notes

  • Data compiled from Annual Statistical Reports
  • 1887: Figures are estimated
  • 1888: Figures based on fiscal year
  • 1924: 18 Month data (end of fiscal year data)
  • 1985: D.O.E. Created
  • 1991: WV Office of Miners’ Health Safety & Training Created
  • 2003: Independent Contractors Required to Report Monthly

**Independent Contractor employment figures were first estimated beginning in 1996. However, previously released estimates may have been under-stated. As more accurate data is provided, figures may be revised. The estimates for Coal Preparation facilities are based on WVOMHST Inspection Reports or information provided by the individual company on their permit application or renewal.  Coal Preparation Facilities are not currently required to report to WVOMHST.

**Beginning with 2010 Independent Contractor employment figures are based on the approved Comprehensive Safety Programs filed and monthly reports filed  with WVMHST.