Coal mining is the most productive industry in America, but it’s also one of the least well-off.

According to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute, cities with the highest rates of poverty and inequality have the highest coal-mining rates.

Coal-mining towns like West Virginia, West Virginia State, and Appalachia are the places that have the lowest rates of income inequality, according to the report.

Coal mining has long been a part of American culture, but as more coal mines have been shut down over the last several years, coal mining communities have seen their fortunes decline. 

The study also found that poverty rates in coal-dependent areas are highest in Appalachia, the coal-rich West Virginia region, and the coal mining-heavy states of West Virginia and Kentucky.

The poorest areas of Appalachia have been hardest hit by the coal industry’s decline.

For instance, Appalachia has seen the loss of nearly one-third of its coal jobs since 2009.

In West Virginia alone, a recent study found that unemployment is nearly 20% higher in the coalmining area than it was in the 1990s.

As more coal mining jobs have been lost, coal miners in West Virginia have had to compete with locals who are struggling to pay for groceries and pay for the gas they burn to power their homes.

As a result, the Appalachian region has seen an economic downturn that has been especially hard on coal miners. 

According to the EPI, the poorest counties in Appalachias coal mining regions have the following poverty rates:West Virginia, 13.9%West Virginia State University, 14.2%Kentucky, 12.7%North Carolina, 11.9 percentPennsylvania, 10.8%Oklahoma, 10%Pennsylvania and Wyoming, 9.6%Kentuckiana, 8.4%West Texas, 7.7 percentOklahoma State University and West Virginia University, 6.7%.

According to EPI’s report, the wealthiest coal mining areas in America have the most poverty rates, but those places are also the places where the largest percentage of people live below the poverty line. 

In Appalachia counties with the lowest poverty rates and highest rates for income inequality are in the South and West.

The richest places in AppalachIA are in Appalachians coal mining heartland. 

 According the report, states with the worst poverty and income inequality in Appalachios coal mining region are states like Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virgina, and West Texas. 

Kentucky has one of highest poverty rates of all states, with 16.4%, while Oklahoma has the third highest, with 14.8%.

West Virginia has the lowest income inequality of any state in the country with 12.3%.

Tennessee has the second lowest income equality of any coal mining state at 8.5%.

North Carolina has the most extreme income inequality at 28.4%.

And West Texas has the highest income inequality among coal mining states at 54.9%. 

The poorest counties are located in the Appalachias heartland and have the greatest concentration of poverty. 

These areas are also where the biggest percentage of poverty is concentrated.

According the report , Appalachias poorest counties have the largest concentration of low-wage workers, particularly those working in the retail, food service, and construction industries. 

As of this year, Appalachias low-income workers make up about one-fifth of the workforce. 

A lack of jobs has made it difficult for the poorest areas to feed their families, as they rely on food stamps and other government assistance programs.

Appalachias unemployment rate has doubled since 2010, and unemployment in Appalachiams coal mining counties is up to nearly 20%. 

For the most part, Appalachians counties are suffering the brunt of the recession.

The region has been hit hard by the recession, and as a result of the downturn, many areas have been losing jobs. 

Some counties in the Appalachian coal mining area have experienced severe job losses as a direct result of job cuts, which have left many communities with little to do but eat and sleep.

According one recent survey, a quarter of coal mining towns in Appalachiana have closed their doors due to a shortage of workers. 

For more information on Appalachias economic struggles, read the report below:  http://www.epi.org/blog/epi-explores-coal-mining-issues-a-new-study-shows-a…

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