Extractive industries are the economic anchor for most of the counties in the region.
The amount of hardship- and age-related payments make-up between 10 and 20% of the money circulating in the separate Coalition counties. These can be important indicators of whether an area has a strong economy. It also shows whether an area is an attractive option to retirees.
The tourism potential of an area can also be a potential problem for other economic activities – depending on the location and type of amenity that generates the tourism..