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NSW coal sector boosted by 2,000 jobs

Almost 2,000 jobs were added to New South Wales’ coal industry in 2017, the latest figures from Coal Services have revealed.

A revival in global coal prices and steady demand for the state’s product from export markets has sparked the gradual recovery.

According to the Coal Services figures, there were 20,872 coal production jobs in NSW as at December 2017, around 2,000 more than at the same time a year earlier and the highest number since July 2014.

The Hunter Valley region welcomed a significant portion of the new jobs, with almost 1,100 more opportunities than at the end of 2016 boosting communities like Singleton, Muswelbrook, Cessnock and Maitland.

In the New England region, an increase of 162 positions took the total number of coal mining production jobs in the region to 2,284 at the end of December. Nearly 900 position have been created in the region over the past three years.

Meanwhile, 427 coal mining jobs were created in the Illawarra region during 2017, taking its total to 2,900. Read more…


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