7.5 million coming to eastern Kentucky to help out-of-work miners
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it will help the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program continue the HOME initiative or Hiring Our Miners Everyday with 7.5 million in federal funds. Eastern Kentucky Coal Companies have cut more than 7,000 jobs since 2012, or almost half the coal jobs in the region. Program officials say nearly 2,000 people have enrolled in the initiative of which about 900 have gotten new jobs. The Home program provides job training and other services to laid-off miners and their spouses. The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program provides services in 23 eastern Kentucky counties.