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Arch Coal to lay off more than 100 workers

EOLIA, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with Arch Coal say production at two Letcher County mines will stop, while production at one mine in Perry County will be reduced. This will result in more than 100 jobs lost.

Already hit hard by layoffs the coal industry takes another hit.

"We've really kind of been the epicenter of what's been this recent downturn in a lot of the market. You've seen this drastic decrease since january one 2012," said Bill Bissett, the President of the Kentucky Coal Association.

Officials say it will not just be the people out of work and their families that suffer. they say many people in the community will feel the negative impact.

"It has an effect on even the food stores, the restaurants, the plumbing business, the electrical business. Whatever type of business there are, if the miners don't have money to spend, then that takes money out of the whole economy," said Jim Ward, the Letcher County Judge Executive.

Officials say the amount of coal severance taxes local governments can collect will go down, too.

"We just have to make our dollars stretch as far as they will go and try to like everyone else. And just try to survive," said Judge Executive Ward.

Coal officials say nearly 88 million dollars in coal severance taxes have been lost in the last two years in Eastern Kentucky.

The Letcher County Judge Executive says it has been more than six months since there was a coal-lay off event this significant.

Officials say more than five thousand coal miners in Eastern Kentucky have lost their jobs since the beginning of 2012.

They say three support jobs are lost for every "one" coal mining job.

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