Coal layoffs are taking a toll on local businesses

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

The domino effect of the crumbling coal industry has taken a toll on several businesses here in Eastern Kentucky.

Many business owners say they've seen business steadily decrease during the past year and they're wondering if the coal industry will ever bounce back.

With poor prospects of finding a good-paying job outside of the coal industry, many people are packing their bags.

Coal miners, once gainfully employed, are now left filing for unemployment.

From June 2011 to June 2012, the jobless rates only increased in 12 Kentucky counties.

11 out of those 12 counties happen to be right here in Eastern Kentucky.

The future of a family's income resting at the mercy of a market with too much reserve and a decreasing demand.

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