Hundreds of new jobs are on the way to one eastern Kentucky county.
An eastern Kentucky coal company is opening two new facilities in Martin County.
Martin County officials say this is just what they need.
They say the county has been losing jobs lately.
Statistics show unemployment is rising.
People say this will not only provide jobs, but boost their economy in the county.
Work is underway to turn these mountains into new coal mines, but for people in Martin County, it is almost like striking gold.
Coal miner Joe York says through the years he's watched mines and other businesses shut down in the county and witnessed friends struggle to find jobs, “Our county is going way down. We really don't have that many places to be employed,” York said.
Martin County officials say news of two new mines and 200 new jobs is hitting the jackpot.
“This will be a great impact for Martin County,” Judge Executive Kelly Callaham said.
Judge-Executive Kelly Callaham says it will help the county's rising unemployment numbers and help people sinking into poverty.
“It is a good opportunity for our young people to get a good job that's well paid and good benefits. they can stay here at home and make a good living,” Judge Callaham said.
Callaham says coal's price per ton is up and says Martin County Coal is opening the new mines to cash in on the higher selling price.
“Anytime you have an input of cash into your economy, naturally more money will be spent in the county and the surrounding area also. That's very exciting for my county,” Callaham said.
He says with more money flowing, the county will more benefits.
Some miners think it will help them all pay their bills and they believe this is their black-gold.
The new mines are in Lovely near Evans Hill.
Martin County Coal representatives say they don't know for sure yet when they'll be ready to open and when they'll start hiring people, but they're planning for the summertime.