United States coal production was 820 million short tons in 1981, down 1% from 1980, partly due to a 72-day labor strike. The 5 leading states, were Kentucky, West Virginia, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Coal explort of 113 million short tons in 1981 was a new record high and a 23% increase over 1980. A majority (59%) of this coal was exported for metallurgical use, but coal exported for electricity generating plants continued to increase sharply.--Modified journal abstract.

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