CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is receiving an additional $5.6 million in federal grants to help coal workers affected by mine closures and layoffs.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday that WorkForce West Virginia will receive National Emergency grants through December 2016 for displaced miners. The state received $1.8 million in 2012.
Tomblin says the Department of Labor assistance will provide re-employment services and job training for 700 mine workers.
West Virginia is the No. 2 coal producer and leads the nation in coal jobs. In recent years, coal has endured thousands of layoffs nationally.
This week, Patriot Coal announced potential layoffs of at least 100 employees combined at two West Virginia locations. Patriot employs 450 workers at its Wells complex and 397 workers at its Corridor G complex near Danville.