Coal layoffs may be tapering off

The ups and downs of the coal industry flatten out and the industry may become more stable in 2013. West Virginia officials hope coal mining layoffs have eased. More than 4,700 mine workers filed initial unemployment claims earlier this year, but that number dropped to 2,500 last month. Program acting Executive Director Russell Fry said that could be due to ex mine workers getting jobs elsewhere. Fry was among several speakers called Monday by a House-Senate committee studying coal's future in the state.