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Mining Economics

Coal mining played an important role in the economy of North Staffordshire. The coalfield is one of the richest and most compact in Europe. It supported the development of the local and countrywide industries.

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Employment Employment: By the 20th century most manual workers in North Staffordshire, if not employed in the pottery or steel industries, were employed in the coal industry.
Output Output: The coalfield output had remained remarkably constant throughout the 20th century
Wages: The average weekly wage (in New Money) for miners working below ground in Stoke-on-Trent between 1920-1938 was - see linked page.
Coal uses Coal uses: Coal has been used as the original source of practically all our heat and power.