coal mining jobs

Comparison of coal mining to national parks jobs

Eric Garland DataLab

US president Donald Trump has talked at length about restoring US coal mining jobs despite the failure of the industry as a whole due to the transition to renewables. On the chopping block? Funding for the national parks service.

Hat tip to journalist Matt Yglesias for dipping into the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s FRED database to compare trends in coal mining jobs versus those at parks, national historical sites, and other investments in having a pleasant, livable country.

Advantage: national parks.