Displaced Miners Getting Help Finding Jobs

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Coal is big business in West Virginia, but more and more miners are finding themselves laid off.

On Wednesday, West Virginia Work Force and the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers stepped in to help those laid off by having an informational meeting at Chief Logan State Park in Logan County West Virginia.

Their goal was to let people know that help is available and get people signed up to receive it.

Amber Jackson with Work Force West Virginia says it’s a hard task for the miners to find work, mainly because most of those people that are laid off have no experience in any other industry.

“The miners have been in the coal industry since they started working,” Jackson said. “They have 20 or 30 years experience in the coal mines with no additional training.”

Without training in anything else, it’s tough to find work. So West Virginia Work Force applied for grants to provide training to displaced miners.

Since 2012, they have received nearly $7.5 million -- enough to retrain 700 people and help get them back into work.
Each person is eligible for $5,000 to receive training and will receive $20 a day while they are in training, to help with expenses.

The next informational meeting and sign up will be from 1 to 7 p.m. July 8 at the Madison Civic Center in Madison, West Virginia.

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