More than 100 miners visited the local Workforce Services office after Blackjewel LLC shuttered two coal mines. DEQ rushed to check empty mines for hazards.
Reliable employment that’s capable of supporting a middle class family lifestyle is hard to come by in Wyoming, but wages are soaring for top earners in the public and private sectors.
Less money spent on government assistance programs means healthier state budgets, and could also result in more parents spending time with their families.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation will run out three days after Christmas — an unnecessary hit on families and the nation's economic recovery.
Wyoming's workforce topped 300,000 this month, while unemployment remained at 4.6 percent.