As I mentioned in yesterday's Generate, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is under fire for inaccurately claiming on Sunday that the U.S. has added 50,000 "coal sector" jobs in the last few months.
In a statement Monday, EPA clarified the comment, noting that Pruitt meant to refer to "mining" broadly instead of "coal," while the agency also said that "America's miners and drillers are getting back to work under President Trump."
They're citing recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data that shows mining employment has risen by 47,000 since October.
To be sure: While Pruitt's Sunday talk show appearances emphasized coal, the BLS statistics for "mining" include the oil-and-gas sector, which has rebounded as oil prices have bounced back over the past year from their early 2016 lows. As the Washington Post points out here, that accounts for a huge share of the mining sector employment gains.
Go deeper: S&P Global Market Intelligence reporter Taylor Kuykendall looks closely at the topic here.
His piece notes that seasonally adjusted BLS data shows 51,000 total coal mining jobs in May, a gain of roughly 400 from the prior month, and up from 49,300 in October of 2016.
Yes, but: According to his firm's analysis of Mine Safety and Health Administration data, "average employment in the U.S. coal sector flattened in the first quarter after a bounce in employment and production in the last half of 2016."