U.S. Labor Department awards $3m to help Kentucky coal workers
On July 27, 2016, the department awarded another increment of $2,550,000, bringing the total funds awarded to $4,192,746.
With this incremental award, the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program will receive $3,301,271 to continue this effort, bringing the total funds awarded to date for this project to its fully approved amount of $7,494,017.
On Sept. 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $2 million – with $1,098,800 released initially – to assist workers hurt by layoffs by three eastern Kentucky coal mining operators.
This award features an incremental amount of $901,200, the remainder of the initially approved amount of $2 million, and a supplemental amount of $2,952,420, bringing the total additional amount awarded to $3,853,620. The total amount awarded to date for this project is $4,952,420.
This funding is part of a multi-agency effort to invest federal economic and workforce development resources in communities and regions negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy. ■