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The lignite industry is North Dakota’s fifth largest industry behind agriculture, oil and gas, tourism and manufacturing.
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The lignite industry (coal mining and coal conversion) accounted for $3.4 billion of the state's economic base in 2015.

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The lignite industry directly employs 3,942 people in North Dakota.
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There are 11,540 indirect employees in the lignite industry in North Dakota.

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The lignite counties of McLean, Mercer and Oliver have some of the highest wages per job in North Dakota.

 

 

 

 

2. Oliver County $76,712
6. Mercer County $67,113
11. McLean County $51,199

The average wage in North Dakota in 2015 was $50,696.

Source: R. Coon & L. Leistritz, Unpublished Data, Department of Agricultural Economics, NDSU, January 2017