Harlan mine lays off more than 60 workers
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A coal mine closing in southeastern Kentucky has put 64 miners out of work.
The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1JWIMfo ) the layoffs happened at Clover Lick No. 3 mine in Harlan County. It is owned by Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.
The newspaper reports nearly 500 coal jobs have been lost in Harlan County in the last two years.
The company says the layoffs were due to a downturn in the economy.
The mine was temporarily idled along with three other Alpha mines in January 2013. The company said the mine shutdowns were due to “the evolving demands of the changing global coal market.”