From Coal-Country to the Sunbelt
Lyman Stone

Good article, thanks for posting. I just spent almost two years living in Appalachia — it was an eye-opening experience to say the least. In my area, many coal workers had transitioned to work in the natural gas industry, but as evidenced by the recent downturn, those jobs are probably less stable than coal jobs. If former coal workers aren’t willing to move, manufacturing jobs may be a viable alternative for keeping the local economies afloat — labor in Appalachia is fairly inexpensive and there appears to be fairly good transportation infrastructure.

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