GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — About 235 employees at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in northeast Wyoming are being laid off.
The Gillette News Record reports that Peabody Energy announced the layoffs Thursday morning, citing financial difficulties from low coal prices and falling demand.
The layoffs represent about 17 percent of the nearly 1,400 workers at North Antelope Rochelle.
The mine in the coal rich Powder River Basin in Wyoming’s Campbell County is the nation’s most productive coal mine.
The downturn in the energy extraction industry also has prompted layoffs among oil and natural gas operators in Wyoming.
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