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Surging Steel Imports Threaten More Than a Half Million U.S. Jobs Across Every State

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U.S. steel production supported 583,600 jobs in 2012. This included jobs in iron ore and coal mines, those in other manufacturing industries that support steel production, as well as lawyers, accountants, managers and other workers who supply services to the steel industry.  These jobs are at risk if surging imports of unfairly traded steel are allowed to displace domestic steel production.

The top 10 states—ranked by total number of jobs at risk from displaced domestic steel production—are Texas (59,800 jobs supported), California (52,300 jobs), Pennsylvania (35,300 jobs), Ohio (33,900 jobs), Illinois (28,400 jobs), Indiana (26,000 jobs), New York (25,100 jobs), Florida (23,200 jobs), Michigan (20,100 jobs), and Wisconsin (15,700 jobs). To learn more about the U.S. steel industry crisis and how policymakers can address it, read the recent EPI report Surging Steel Imports Put Up To Half a Million U.S. Jobs at Risk.

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U.S. jobs supported by domestic steel production, by state, 2012

State Jobs supported
Texas 59,800
California 52,300
Pennsylvania 35,300
Ohio 33,900
Illinois 28,400
Indiana 26,000
New York 25,100
Florida 23,200
Michigan 20,100
Wisconsin 15,700
Georgia 14,700
North Carolina 14,000
Alabama 13,000
New Jersey 12,700
Tennessee 12,000
Virginia 11,500
Missouri 10,900
Kentucky 10,800
Louisiana 10,500
Oklahoma 10,400
Minnesota 10,400
Washington 9,800
Colorado 9,300
Arizona 9,300
Massachusetts 9,200
South Carolina 8,400
Maryland 8,000
Iowa 6,700
Oregon 6,300
West Virginia 6,200
Arkansas 6,200
Utah 6,000
Connecticut 5,800
Kansas 5,200
Mississippi 4,600
Nevada 3,900
New Mexico 3,500
Nebraska 3,100
New Hampshire 2,700
Wyoming 2,500
Idaho 2,400
North Dakota 1,800
Montana 1,700
Maine 1,700
Alaska 1,600
Rhode Island 1,600
South Dakota 1,400
Hawaii 1,400
Delaware 1,300
Vermont 800
District of Columbia 700
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