HAZARD, Ky. (AP) – The U.S Department of Labor has funded a grant worth $3.4 million to help retrain out-of-work coal miners in Kentucky.
Shuttering coal mines have left thousands of miners in the state without a job, many of them in eastern Kentucky.
The Department of Labor says in a release the supplemental funding of the National Dislocated Worker Grant provides re-employment services and training for nearly 800 workers in Kentucky.
The recent additional funding brings the program to a total of more than $17 million since 2013, serving a total of 3,200 dislocated workers.
The services are provided by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, based in Hazard. The program serves 23 Appalachian counties in Kentucky.
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