Wy­oming’s coal sec­tor im­prov­ing.

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

CASPER» The coal in­dus­try in Wy­oming has started to re­bound but com­pa­nies are hes­i­tant to hire many work­ers be­cause of lin­ger­ing un­cer­tainty, a state econ­o­mist said.

“We are start­ing to see pro­duc­tion come back up, but we are not see­ing those jobs show up yet with that,” Jim Robin­son, prin­ci­pal econ­o­mist with the state’s Eco­nomic Anal­y­sis Di­vi­sion, said.

In re­cent years, three ma­jor coal com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the state went into bank­ruptcy be­cause of low prices, com­pe­ti­tion from nat­u­ral gas and fed­eral reg­u­la­tions tar­get­ing fos­sil fuel emis­sions.

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