Another 1,000 jobs are set to be lost this year in the Queensland coal industry.
Michael Roche from the Queensland Resources Council says the figures are based on the latest survey of company employment projections.
He says about 3,400 coal jobs have already been lost in the past six months.
But Mr Roche says an extra 550 people will be employed in the gas sector.
"I think the good news is there is signs of some recovery in the coal sector," he said.
"But we don't expect that recovery in volumes of production to be accompanied by a big lift in employment in the short term.
"It reflects the fact that industry is having to deal with low commodity prices, a high Australian dollar and rising costs.
"One way it can try to get some profitiability back into businesses is to economise on labour and that's what they're doing.