The strong demand for New South Wales Coal has created more mining jobs in the state.
A study by Coal Services found that there were nearly 1000 more coal miners in NSW since last year, rising to 22,300 workers.
Illawarra saw the largest growth in coal mining, with 2934 coal miners, almost 500 more than 2018, the highest number of workers since 2014.
More coal mining jobs have also been created in the Hunter and Western Coalfields. There are currently 13,300 and 3,228 coal miners in these regions, an increase of 350 and 150 people respectively.
NSW minerals council chief executive officer Stephen Galilee said there were significant growth opportunities in NSW coal exports which would provide more job opportunities.
“A recent report by Commodity Insights found that the current power generation policies of governments in the Asia Pacific region will drive an increase in demand for thermal coal imports of 495 million tonnes across the region by 2040,” Galilee said.
“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.”