Grant from U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Struggling Coal Miners Find Jobs

May 31, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor is funding a grant that will help some coal miners in Eastern Kentucky as WEKU’s Brian Burkhart reports.

As coal restrictions and diminishing reserves have left thousands of miners without jobs, the grant of 3.4 million dollars will help retrain those affected by the job losses.    

Coal restrictions and diminishing reserves have left the coal industry struggling, leaving over three thousand workers without jobs in Eastern Kentucky.
Credit kentucky.com

                                 

The department of labor says in a release, the supplemental funding of the National Dislocated Worker Grant provides re-employment services and training for nearly 800 workers in Kentucky.

The recent additional funding brings the program to a total of more than $17 million since 2013, serving a total of 3,200 dislocated workers.

The services are provided by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, based in Hazard. The program serves 23 Appalachian counties in Kentucky.