Boone County, Kentucky, has had a steady stream of workers lose their jobs over the past year and a half.
That’s when the millwork crunch hit hard.
Boone County, the third-largest county in Kentucky, lost 1,906 jobs in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That was more than the combined loss of 3,500 jobs across the country.
Boonesville lost the most jobs, with 1,500, the bureau says.
That meant a total of more than 3,000 workers lost their jobs.
Boonsville was hit especially hard by the collapse of a $20 million millwork project that was slated to be completed by 2019.
That project would have involved building two new mills for a total production capacity of 1 million barrels a day.
Instead, the millworkers went on strike.
That resulted in the county’s largest labor dispute in nearly three decades, according a statement from the Boone County government.
Boiesville was one of five counties that filed a grievance with the NLRB, the federal agency charged with enforcing labor laws.
The other counties that joined in were Greene, Boone, Franklin and Floyd counties.
The union, IBEW Local 1140, had a grievance against the mill workers that was rejected by the NLB.
However, a hearing was held last week in Washington, D.C., by an NLRB representative.
The hearing focused on whether the mill worker grievance should have been dismissed as a result of the NLIWA.
A ruling is expected in the coming weeks.
Boersville was among those that decided to sue the NLIB, which is the federal government agency that enforces labor laws, over the issue.
Boerstown has also seen a steady exodus of millworkers from other parts of the country in recent years.
In the last two years alone, there have been more than 200 millworkers leaving the state, according the millworker group, IBEP.
It’s one of several states that has seen an increase in millworkers fleeing the U,S.A., according to IBEW.
Boieland has been the target of some of the worst labor unrest in recent memory, including the 2014 riots in which a number of mill workers were killed.
A federal judge in Kentucky ruled in March that the riots had been unjustified, and that the unrest was racially motivated.
The NLRB is reviewing Boiesville’s case and other related claims.