More bad news hits the Kentucky mining industry
Newly released figures show more mining cuts for the state during the third quarter of 2013. Kentucky lost another 439 mining jobs during the period. Production also suffered a five percent decline. Most of the losses were located in Eastern Kentucky, where production fell by nearly ten percent and employment was off by five percent. Ky Coal association president Bill Bissett said that while the report was certainly bad news, the recent reductions are not as bad as those from 2012. Eastern Kentucky lost 403 of the 439 jobs during the period. Eastern Kentucky mining employment now stands at 8,037 down from 15,000 in 2006.