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Coal Mining – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 1200  |  NAICS 212100

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Coal Mining  (view report)
Coal Wholesaling  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Mining Media International
Coal Age

Monthly trade journal features news and information for industry professionals, with special features including the "Annual Forecast" (January edition) which provides an assessment of current business conditions and future market trends based on survey of its readers and additional data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Edison Electrical Institute, and leading industry participants.

U.S. Energy Information Administration
Statistical data and other information available from this organization include:

Short-Term Energy Outlook
Monthly energy forecast report provides historical data and forecasts for U.S. coal production, imports and exports, consumption (e.g., electric power sector, other sectors, total consumption), and end of period inventories (e.g., electric power sector, total inventories) in terms of millions of short tons, and historical and forecast annual average prices for the electric power sector in dollars per million BTU.

Annual Report
Comprehensive annual publication provides detailed statistics on U.S. production, productive capacity, recoverable reserves, industry employment, mine productivity, domestic consumption, average mine sale prices, and average consumer prices, with statistical data for these various measures broken out by state or geographic region, mine type, mining method, production range, and sector, as applicable.


International trade association presentation provides a comprehensive overview of coal and its role in the global economy, with topics covered in the guide including mining, processing, and transportation;  production, consumption, and trade; common uses (e.g., electricity generation, steel production, and other industrial processes); environmental impact; and its role in addressing future energy demands.

Global Coal Mining Industry

Market research report provides a detailed analysis of the global coal market, with market segments analyzed by type of product (e.g., lignite, subbituminous, bituminous, and anthracite), type of mining operation (surface, underground), end-use application (e.g., power generation, steel manufacturing, cement manufacturing, and heating), and major geographic market (e.g., U.S.A., China, and India).

IHS Markit
IHS McCloskey Coal Report
Bi-monthly publication provides global coverage of this energy market sector, with topics covered in each issue of the publication including a round up of major global news stories with in-depth analysis and context; global trade and market news in the metallurgical and thermal fuel markets; production, consumption, import and export, and price data; and global mining, power, and steel developments.

Platts / S&P Global, Inc.
Coal Market Data and Pricing Products

Subscription-based market research service provides detailed coverage of this product sector on a global basis, with information available from this service including daily news and price information, market data (e.g., production estimates and statistics, railcar loadings, stockpile levels, imports and exports, and fuel transactions), price assessments, market reports, and geospatial data and maps.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Coal Mining  Search for "2121"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Coal Mining
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of sales for firms that extract lignite, subbituminous, bituminous, and anthracite coal from surface and underground mines and operate plants that break, crush, size, wash, and screen these mineral products to meet specifications for use in metallurgical and thermal fuel applications.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

InfoMine USA, Inc.
U.S. Mining Salaries, Wages, & Benefits Report

Annual survey provides compensation and benefits data for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel, with salary, wage, and benefits data broken out by state or geographic region, type of mining operation (e.g., surface, underground), size of operation in terms of annual tonnage produced, total number of employees (<100 employees, 100 employees +), and hourly workforce status (e.g., union, non-union).

PayScale, Inc.
Coal Mines

Free online service provides salary and wage hourly data for selected job positions such as mining engineer, environmental manager, safety manager, production foreman, heavy equipment operator, mine worker, and welder, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., Peabody Energy, Inc., Consol Energy, Inc., and Cloud Peak Energy, Inc.

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