Unemployed coal miner Earl Harless stands in his father's backyard near Gilbert, West Virginia
Unemployed coal miner Earl Harless stands in his father's backyard near Gilbert, West Virginia May 20, 2014. Harless said he survived a deep mine collapse, in which two coal miners died. "We started writing our lunch box notes because we didn't think we would get out," he said. With coal production slowing due to stricter environmental controls, the availability of natural gas and a shift to surface mining, the state's coal country has been hit hard with job losses and business closures. Picture taken May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY)
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