Scott Pruitt and the TEPA claimed last month in an interview with "Meet the Press":
"Since the fourth quarter of last year until most recently, we've added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month of May alone, almost 7,000 jobs."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 only 1300 coal mining jobs were added and only 400 of those in May. A far cry from the 50,000 this year and 7,000 in May Pruitt claims. And most of those jobs began before The Donald was even elected.
Politifact admits that deciphering BLS' data is tricky, so they looked at "mining and logging" jobs, which is a broader term. But those jobs amounted to 38,000 jobs, still much less than 50,000.
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