NSW coal mining jobs at highest point since March 2015

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The strong turnaround in coal prices and increased demand for New South Wales coal at key export markets is delivering more mining jobs for the state.

Figures from Coal Services show there were just over 20,600 coal production jobs in NSW as at July this year – over 1300 more than at the same time last year, and the highest number since March 2015.

Many of the new coal mining jobs are in the Hunter Valley region, with over 1000 more positions in the region than a year earlier, helping to boost its economy, particularly in mining communities like Singleton and Muswellbrook.

“There’s been a sustained recovery in business conditions for coal mining in NSW over the last 18 months, with increased commodity prices delivering jobs in our coal mining regions,” NSW Minerals Council chief executive officer Stephen Galilee said.

“Our NSW coal mining communities have done it tough over the past few years, so this jobs boost in mining is really good news for local economies.

“Increasing demand for NSW coal means more NSW coal mining jobs. With the right policy settings that make the most of growing opportunities, our coal mining industry can continue to deliver employment, investment and economic stability well into the future.”

The growth in NSW coal mining jobs is also good news for the more than 8000 businesses in the suburbs of Sydney and across the state that supply mining operations, the council added.