Hundreds Of New Jobs Are On The Way

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

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.

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  • by william Location: martin,county on Apr 2, 2008 at 07:12 AM
    Are they union jobs.Which would provide healthcare and pensions for the workers when they get old or disabled.
  • by Billy Location: Martin,Ky on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:40 PM
    yeah its a good deal with new jobs i left the city of inez because the shortage of good paying jobs...and i know personaly what its like to make it off of min. wage and this day and time you just cant do it
  • by Kimberly Location: Van Lear on Apr 1, 2008 at 07:27 PM
    Blah Blah Blah - How many times have you heard such loudly touted tales of JOBS coming to eastern KY? And how often do they REALLY materialize - into hundreds of 'good paying jobs'? Sadly, most of eastern KY would not know a good wage with benefits if it bit them on the a**. Why? Beacause it just doesn't exist in the region. Never has. Never will. If you want a life - leave the area and get one! Or you will forever live on the edge of poverty. Unless, of course, you are a family member who runs the town, then you're set for a few generations while the rest of the citizens can go to hell. That seems to be the motto for eastern KY "Hooray for me and P*** on you"!


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