The hits kept coming for the Kentucky coal industry in the first quarter of 2015 as both production and employment absorbed blows to levels not seen in decades as a combination of all-too-familiar factors continued to wreak havoc in the Bluegrass state’s coalfields. One in ten coal mining jobs, or 1,230 jobs, were lost in Q1 2015 alone. The loss continued to mount throughout the year. In Q4 2015 Perry County lost an additional 200 coal mining jobs. Needless to say, this has a devastating impact on local coal mining communities.
Fortunately, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) is in operation to help workers and businesses in Eastern Kentucky meet the challenges and
seize opportunities of today’s economy. EKCEP works with employers to promote job opportunities in Eastern Kentucky. In December, we were fortunate to help EKCEP promote a job fair introducing over 700 applicants to prospective employers. So far in 2016, we have helped EKCEP, Inc. promote job fairs introducing over 2,000 applicants to prospective employers.
We are proud of the work EKCEP is doing for the coal mining communities and are equally proud to be their partner. To learn more about EKCEP, log on to www.ekcep.org.