In a Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, a coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. A ccording to U.S. Census figures released March 24, Appalachian coal-producing counties saw steep population declines last year amid a storm of layoffs in the mining industry.
In a Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, a coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. A ccording to U.S. Census figures released March 24, Appalachian coal-producing counties saw steep population declines last year amid a storm of layoffs in the mining industry. Jon C. Hancock AP
In a Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, a coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. A ccording to U.S. Census figures released March 24, Appalachian coal-producing counties saw steep population declines last year amid a storm of layoffs in the mining industry. Jon C. Hancock AP

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