U.S. Steel lays off more workers at Gary Works

U.S. Steel laid off 38 union workers at Gary Works on Friday, but the union will fight it, said Mike Millsap, United Steelworkers District 7 director. Steelworkers said the laid off maintenance staff were escorted out of the sprawling mill in Gary, U.S. Steel’s largest and the biggest integrated mill in the United States. U.S. Steel spokesman Sarah Cassella declined to comment. It’s just the latest round of layoffs at the troubled steelmaker, which lost $1.5 billion last year and has failed to turn a profit in five of the last six years. U.S. Steel laid off about a quarter of its salaried workforce — roughly 750 managers, supervisors and other white-collar workers — in April. U.S. Steel laid

U.S. steel industry has lost 48,000 jobs since 2000

The layoffs at U.S. Steel's Gary Works on Friday were just part of an ongoing trend that's afflicted the steel industry, which was once Northwest Indiana's largest employer and a ticket to a comfortable middle class life. Steel jobs nationally have fallen more than 35 percent to 87,000 jobs last year, down from 135,000 jobs in 2000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The United States lost another 4,000 steel industry jobs in 2015, as compared to the previous year. The U.S. steel industry has been declining since the 1970s, but federal data shows job losses have accelerated rapidly in the 21st century. Health care has since eclipsed the steel mills as the Region's biggest empl

Great Lakes steel production rose by 7,000 tons

Raw steel production in the Great Lakes region rebounded to 663,000 tons last week, rising 1.06 percent to gain back the 7,000 tons in output it lost the week prior. Nationally, steel output so far this year continues to trail the anemic 2015 pace by about 519,000 tons, a decline of 0.9 percent. In 2015, steel production in the United States declined by 10.5 percent from the year before, according to the World Steel Association. Overall U.S. steel output rose by 16,000 tons or 0.95 percent last week, according to an American Iron and Steel Institute estimate. Total U.S. raw steel production last week was about 1.697 million tons, up from 1.681 million tons a week earlier. Most of the raw ste

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