State And Local Community Responds As Blackjewel's Bankruptcy Settles In

Monday, July 08, 2019

Since 4 p.m. yesterday, Gillette's Wyoming Workforce Center has seen 160 people visit from Blackjewel. This morning, the center opened up early and still had people lined up at the door. The West Virginia coal company Blackjewel LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday and has since closed the doors to its mines due to a lack of cash.

Department of Workforce Services (DWS) came together with Governor Mark Gordon and other state agencies to start answering questions like: what's next? DWS talked about handing out rapid response packets to help people get oriented to the job market. They hope to help with job searches, job training, developing resumes, and pointing to in-demand occupations around the state. One audience member asked if it was too early to talk about all this since workers aren't technically laid off.

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