Alpha Natural Resources announces layoffs

200 coal miners without a job

POSTED: 5:49 AM Jan 07 2013   UPDATED: 5:54 PM Jan 07 2013

Two-hundred coal miners are out of work after Bristol, Virginia based Alpha Natural Resources idled four coal mines in Kentucky.

Three of the four mines are in the Cumberland community of Harlan County, Kentucky. The fourth is in Letcher County.

Alpha Natural Resources says they made the cuts hoping to streamline operations. Sixty people were offered transfers.

The 200 people out of work will receive pay and benefits for 60-days.