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Economic impact of coal mining layoffs

As news of the layoffs spread across the region, it leaves many people wondering what other businesses will be affected.

The trickle down effect of the declining coal industry can be devastating to local businesses.

Many folks say it's hard to bounce back from the recent "bust" in the coal industry when coal is all they know.

Coal is the hub and heart of eastern Kentucky but as the industry crumbles so do the jobs here at home.

For now, the future income for hundreds of families rest at the mercy of an unpredictable market.


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