In early September, the Decker coal mine in the Powder River Basin in Montana announced that 73 workers would be furloughed until January in response to coal markets, as reported by the Casper Star Tribune.

The decision is the second time crews at the Decker coal mine in Montana received furlough notices this year. In early May, 98 employees were furloughed. They were called back by the end of May.

“The decision to furlough dedicated employees was not easy,” said Leonard Wolff, general manager at Decker Coal Co. “We are committed to helping all who are impacted by this furlough, and we look to resume normal operations in the coming months.”

As reported by the Star-Tribune, the company said the workforce reductions were in response to depressed electricity fueled by a tightening economy and stay-at-home orders.