IMG_9190Wage jobs: The data tools on this page allow you to compare levels of energy resource extraction with fluctuations in wage jobs and income. Note, the tools are not yet set up to prove causal correlation according to scholarly standards of statistical significance.
Non-wage livelihoods:  However, money and numbers do not tell the whole story! Gathering, gardening, hunting, and other non-wage forms of household provisioning are crucial in many communities. In future versions of this website, we will explore the following topics:

  • the cultural importance of traditional subsistence practices; and
  • the economic security provided by subsistence livelihoods, when wage jobs are subject to boom and bust economic cycles; and
  • the health benefits of subsistence, in nutrition, exercise, social and psychological well-being.

vegetable garden(This beta version of website only includes coal datasets.  Datasets for the other listed energy sources will be included after the initial review and collaborator input).



Median Earnings (by County)

Median Earnings

Labor Participation, GDP per capita, Commute time  (by State)

Labor Force Participation Rate

GDP Per Capita

60 Minute Commute


Median earnings (by county)

This map shows counties which were high, medium, and low producers of coal over the past three decades (indicated with dots on the map).  It also shows median income in 2010. TO GET METRICS FOR ONE COUNTY. CLICK ON THAT COUNTY.

Labor Participation, GDP per capita, Commute times (by State)

Click on "select variable" on upper right hand side of map, to toggle between labor participation rate, GDP per capita, and commute times at the state level from 2010.  Cumulative coal production shown from 1983-2013. TO GET METRICS FOR ONE STATE, CLICK ON THAT STATE.

METADATA: Coal production data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (downloaded from Historical detailed coal production data (1983-2014) under "Production" tab on All data used in these indices come from official U.S. government sources—the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have downloaded the datasets from the Measure of America (

Please send us feedback, using the Participatory Design page, about additional indicators for which you would like to see data. Indicators currently under consideration include:

  • value of livelihood/subsistence
  • unemployment rate
  • income
  • jobs in the energy sector (oil & gas, coal, renewables)
  • quality of jobs: e.g.,
    • local, or non-local
    • wage level
    • part of full-time
    • mortality
    • injury rates
    • skill level
    • union, non-union