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Production and Value The following chart shows production for 2007 through 2016. The price per ton at the various sites depends on the quality of coal (heating value, moisture content, sulfur and ash content, etc.) but an average for Fiscal Year 2016 was $16.02 per ton making the value of that coal over $518 million. The price is established by the Department of Revenue after three state and two federal taxes are deducted.          Coal Production In Million Tons 2007 43.2 2008 44.9 2009 39.6 2010 44.7 2011 42.0 2012 36.7 2013 42.2 2014 44.5 2015 42.1 2016 32.4 Source: Department of Labor & Industry, Safety Bureau Employment and Payroll Montana's surface mining industry furnishes some of the highest-paying and most sought- after jobs in the state. Below are the employment and payroll figures for 2016. Number of Employees Estimated Payroll Signal Peak Energy 239 $23,531,000 Decker Coal Co. 132   10,305,000 Cloud Peak Energy 229   20,600,000 Western Energy Co. 407   34,533,000 Westmoreland Resources 131     9,100,000 Westmoreland Savage   13        751,000 Total          1,151            $  98,820,000
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