Opinion | Hunter mining jobs growth | Stephen Galilee

DEMAND: Boost for the state's mining jobs.

DEMAND: Boost for the state's mining jobs.

The strong turnaround in coal prices and increased demand from our key export markets continues to deliver jobs for the Hunter and across the state.

New 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 since March 2015.

Much of these new coal mining jobs are in the Hunter, with over 1000 more local coal mining jobs than a year earlier.  It’s good news for local communities and as well as for the more than 3600 Hunter businesses that supply the mines. 

Increasing demand for NSW coal means more jobs and growing economic activity for our region.  With the right policy settings that allow our miners to make the most of growing opportunities, mining will continue to deliver employment, investment and economic stability for the Hunter well into the future.

Stephen Galilee is the CEO of NSW Minerals Council