Jobs

Coal jobs
1:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Almost 400 Miners Could Be Laid Off in Wyoming County

A coal company is suspending operations until market conditions improve.
Credit www.mine-engineer.com

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. plans to temporarily idle its Pinnacle underground mine in southern West Virginia.
 
In a regulatory filing, Cleveland-based Cliffs attributes the decision to poor market conditions for metallurgical coal.
 
Cliffs says in its Wednesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the mine would be idled around Aug. 25 if market conditions don't improve. The mine's idling could last more than six months.
 
Pinnacle spokeswoman Patricia Persico says 397 hourly employees would be laid off if the mine is idled.

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Economy
6:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Unemployment Up in 45 W. Va. Counties

Unemployment rates rose in 45 of West Virginia's 55 counties in May.
 
WorkForce West Virginia says the jobless rate in Pocahontas County rose to 12.3 percent, the highest in the state.
 

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Jobs for the Homeless
4:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Jobs First Program Helps Huntington’s Homeless

People who have found jobs through the Jobs First Program.

Officials at the Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless are taking a new approach to the problem of homelessness and unemployment.

  Jobs First is a new idea developed by coalitions around the country. Instead of working with job candidates by training, developing and molding them before they apply for jobs, Jobs First helps them find jobs right away and continues to train them while they’re employed.

Helping the unemployed and homeless find work first puts them one step closer to a stable living environment where they can provide for themselves.

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economy
2:36 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Conference Looking at Environment and Jobs

Alliance for Appalachia seeks to end mountaintop removal and replace those positions with environmentally friendly jobs.
Credit www.mine-engineer.com

An Economic Transition Summit is being held this weekend at Hawks Nest Park in Fayette County. Representatives from throughout Appalachia are meeting to discuss the development of economic opportunities beyond coal.

The meeting is being hosted by The Alliance for Appalachia, a coalition of 15 groups across the region working to end mountaintop removal, while building local economies.

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Economy
11:36 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Who Owns West Virginia?

Credit WV Center on Budget and Policy

It could be argued that West Virginia has never been “owned” by her inhabitants. Before European settlement, of course, ideas of land ownership were not in vogue. Then King Charles II rewarded many loyal friends with large swaths of land and by 1730s, 800,000 acres in what would become West Virginia was owned by three land companies. For the most part, the same trend continues three hundred years later.

Some have argued absentee land ownership in West Virginia has been a major impediment to economic diversification for generations.

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