- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

ECKMAN, W.Va. (AP) - ArcelorMittal has laid off more than 50 workers at three coal mines in Southern West Virginia.

ArcelorMittal spokesman Bill Steers tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1zz6iZQ ) that the layoffs are necessary because of decreased demand for coal.

The layoffs affect 58 workers at the company’s XMV, Concept and Extra Energy mines in McDowell County.

ArcelorMittal/Princeton general manager Greg Jessee tells the newspaper that coal mining in the U.S. has sharply declined in recent years.

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Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, https://www.bdtonline.com

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