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Underground coal production and manpower from 1947

The table below gives details of coal output, the number of underground working mines and manpower in the British coal industry since the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1947.

Opencast statistics are also available.

This information comes from The Coal Authority. More statistics are available on the Coal Authority website.



YEAR OUTPUT (million tonnes) PRODUCING MINES (at year end) MANPOWER (at end of year)
1947187.5958703,900
1950205.6901690,800
1955211.3850698,700
1960186.8698602,100
1965/66177.0483455,700
1970/71135.5292287,200
1973/7498.7259252,000
1974/75116.9246246,000
1975/76114.5241247,100
1976/77108.5238242,200
1977/78106.3231239,000
1978/79105.5223233,600
1979/80109.3219231,800
1980/81110.3211230,700
1981/82108.9200218,800
1982/83104.9191208,000
1983/8490.1170191,700
1984/8527.6169171,400
1985/8688.4133138,500
1986/8788.0110107,700
1987/8882.49489,000
1988/8985.08689,000
1989/9075.67365,400
1990/9172.36557,300
1991/9271.05043,800
1992/9361.85031,700
1993/94*42.71722,000
1994/95*32.06015,000
1995/9635.26515,100
1996/9732.15913,900
1997/9828.15311,200
1998/9923.8379,800
1999/200019.6318,200
2000/0117.4338,600
2001/0218.1288,100
2002/0315.8246,600
2003/0414.7196,000

* estimate

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