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A scene from inside Portal 31.

Portal 31: How A Closed Mine Opened New Prospects For One Coal Town

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Devin Mefford is sitting in the squat metal buggy of a modified mantrip, the train-like shuttle coal miners use to travel underground. Mefford is dressed for work, in a hardhat and a navy shirt and pants with lime green reflective stripes. It’s a uniform his father and grandfather — both Kentucky coal miners — would… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

WV Legislature: 500 Violations of Jobs Act Cited in 2018-19

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A legislative report says West Virginia’s Division of Labor cited more than 500 violations of a jobs act intended to give local laborers the majority of roles on state-funded public works projects. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that contractors were fined more than $100,000 altogether during the 2018-19 fiscal year for… Read More

Jacob Dyer at the Coalfield Development Corporation site.

Why Worker Training Programs Alone Won’t Save Coal Country

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Bobby Bowman mined coal in West Virginia for 12 years before his employer shut down. “I don’t think that mine will ever open again,” he said. Bowman lives in Welch, in the south of the state, where he worked at the Pinnacle Mine, which shut down almost exactly one year ago, putting him and about… Read More

The classified section of a newspaper. Someone has circled some job postings with a red marker.

LinkedIn, Ohio Team up on Job-seeking Help for Unemployed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is partnering with a professional networking website to make it easier for unemployed Ohioans to find jobs. Some 200,000 Ohioans receive state unemployment benefits annually. The pilot program with LinkedIn is intended to make it more convenient for them to apply for jobs… Read More

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Ohio Jobless Rate Increases Slightly from July to August

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from July to August. State officials on Friday said the unemployment rate was 4.1% in August, compared with 4% the previous month. Ohio’s unemployment rate stood at 4.6% in August 2018. The national rate was 3.7% in August, unchanged from July, and down from… Read More

Rep. Jay Edwards addresses a crowd at a podium.

Edwards Says JobsOhio Not Working For Southeast Ohio

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A southeast Ohio lawmaker has taken to Twitter to blast the state’s non-profit economic development company for not helping his region enough. But supporters of JobsOhio are standing firmly behind it. “We’re not even getting our fair share,” said Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) of JobsOhio. Over the last few weeks, Edwards has tweeted about JobsOhio nearly… Read More

The classified section of a newspaper. Someone has circled some job postings with a red marker.

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in August

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.4% last month. The preliminary figure is up from the 4.3% rate in July. Last month’s rate was unchanged from the statewide jobless rate in August 2018…. Read More