CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Coal giant Murray Energy expects to lay off more than 1,800 mine workers, most from West Virginia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Coal giant Murray Energy expects to lay off more than 1,800 mine workers, most from West Virginia.

The St. Clairsville, Ohio-based company announced Friday it plans to lay off 1,417 West Virginia miners. Illinois would lose 162 jobs. Ohio would lose 249.

The Monongalia County mine would be hit hardest, with 588 layoffs. It was temporarily idled in March.

Murray attributed layoffs to natural gas competition and blasted the Obama administration, which is pushing climate change regulation targeting coal-fired power plants.

Media reports say CEO Robert Murray mentioned the layoffs Thursday at the North American Coalbed Methane Forum in Cecil, Pennsylvania.

Last month, Murray announced 214 layoffs, including 128 contractors, at three underground West Virginia mines.

Murray bought five underground northern West Virginia mines from CONSOL Energy in December 2013.