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Representatives Work to Help Families of Unemployed Coal Miners


In order to help families of local coal miners who were recently let go from their job, meetings were held Wednesday in Marshall County.

The goal was to find a way to support these men and women and their families. Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Rehabilitation Services and the US Department of Labor were on hand to help. 

Deb Meredith, the state coordinator of Rapid Response for Workforce West Virginia, said people have to understand it’s okay to ask for help.

“People look at it as a handout, but it really isn’t because we all pay for these services in case we get into this kind of a situation,” Meredith said. “If we lose our jobs, at least we know we have somewhere to turn.”   

If you couldn’t make it to Wednesday’s meeting in Marshall County, Meredith said they’re planning on having many more throughout the state to help with the widespread mine layoffs. 

For more information, check out WorkForce West Virginia online at

More than 250 miners were affected by the mine layoffs in Marshall County.

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