WV jobs pinch after rash of coal cutbacks

UNEMPLOYMENT in West Virginia has crept up to 7% in June following the furlough of hundreds of workers and the idling of several coal mines in the state’s southwest.
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Consol Energy's Fola Coal Company operation, courtesy AMVEST.

Justin Niessner

The latest seasonally adjusted numbers from WorkForce West Virginia indicate a slight increase in unemployment since May.

In June, more than 300 workers were furloughed at Consol’s Fola coal complex in Clay County and Alpha Natural Resources closed three operations in the state.

Arch also closed a West Virginia facility in June.

In May, Alpha closed two mines resulting in 130 layoffs.

According to West Virginia’s WVNS, joblessness increased in 23 counties and remained unchanged in seven others.

Joblessness reportedly fell, however, in 25 WV counties.

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