Governor Northam announces support for Blackjewel LLC Workers


Former employees of Blackjewel LLC, a West Virginia-based a coal mining operation that abruptly declared bankruptcy on July 1, are receiving additional support programs according to Governor Northam.

Approximately 450 Southwest Virginia workers were impacted by sudden closure.

Prior to its closure, the company had employed approximately 1,700 workers across Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Kentucky.

According to a release from Governor Northam’s office, the governor has directed the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the standard week-long waiting period for unemployment benefits for affected employees, and has authorized overtime pay for Virginia Career Works representatives helping to connect displaced workers with job training programs and new career opportunities.

Additional community support programs and information sessions will be announced on the Virginia Employment Commission website and regional Virginia Career Works websites in the next several days.   

Impacted employees of Blackjewel LLC can file for unemployment benefits and access additional support online here, by calling the Virginia Employment Commissions’ customer contact center at (866) 832-2363, or by visiting a local Virginia Career Works Center.

To find a local Virginia Career Works Center, visit the Virginia Employment Commission website.

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