There may not be much gold in them thar' hills, but those employed in bituminous coal mining extract higher wages from their employers than do others classified by the state as "production worker."

Average Hourly Earnings*

Bituminous coal mining $18.17

Metal Mining 13.74

Primary Metal Industries 13.68

Transportation Equipement 13.43

Wholesale Trade 10.11

Retail Food Stores 6.62

Other Retail 6.06

November 1990